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A  Note  on  the  Sources 
The  pages  which  have  been 
filmed  are  the  best  copies 
available.  Every  technical 
effort  possible  has  been 
made  to  ensure  legibility. 


Reel  duplication  of  the  whole  or  of 
any  part  of  this  film  is  prohibited. 
In  lieu  of  transcripts,  however, 
enlarged  photocopies  of  selected 
items  contained  on  these  reels 
may  be  made  in  order  to  facilitate 



Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 

These  folders  contain  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
the  expansion,  consolidation,  and  reorganization  of  Edison's  personally 
owned  organic  chemical  businesses  in  1916.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to 
the  addition  of  new  product  lines  such  as  para-amidophenol  (used  in  dyeing 
and  photograph  developing);  sales,  contracts,  and  deliveries;  customer 
complaints  about  the  quality  of  the  product;  and  plant  design  and  operations. 
There  are  also  references  to  increased  chemical  production  by  other 
companies,  declining  prices,  the  search  for  new  phenol  and  toluol  customers, 
and  the  decision  to  discontinue  aniline  production  at  the  end  of  the  year. 
Specific  issues  that  received  Edison's  personal  attention  include  the  design 
of  a  new  benzidine  plant,  widespread  phenol  discoloration  due  to  faulty  cans, 
the  accumulation  of  unsold  stocks  of  low-demand  chemicals  such  as 
naphthaline  and  myrbane,  the  sale  of  toluol  to  foreign  governments,  and  a 
contract  dispute  with  Great  Britain  involving  Herbert  Lewis,  John  Fletcher 
Moulton,  and  Lord  Northcliffe. 

Also  included  are  interoffice  communications  providing  summary 
information  regarding  plant  productivity,  contracts  for  raw  materials,  the 
distribution  of  phenol  and  paraphenylenediamine  to  various  customers,  and 
the  status  of  Edison's  personal  chemical  plants.  A  few  documents  discuss 
more  general  issues  such  as  labor  conditions,  environmental  pollution, 
Edison's  opinions  about  the  future  of  the  U.S.  chemical  industry,  and  his  ideas 
on  color  dyes  and  chlorine  products. 

Most  of  the  business  correspondence  was  initially  handled  by  Edison's 
personal  assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  By  the  end  of  the  year,  most 
sales  had  been  turned  over  to  the  newly  formed  Chemical  Sales  Division 
under  the  direction  of  Frederick  D.  Lockwood,  while  specialty  products  made 
in  smaller  volumes  were  sold  in  bulk  to  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co.  in 
Newark.  Other  Edison  employees  who  appear  as  authors  and  recipients 
include  chief  engineer  Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  who  also  negotiated  sales 
contracts  in  his  own  right;  plant  designer  William  H.  Mason;  H.  H.  Meno 
Kammerhoff,  supervisor  of  operations  at  Edison's  chemical  plants  in  Silver 
Lake,  New  Jersey;  plant  managers  Wilfred  S.  Dowling  and  James  T .  Phelan; 
experimenter  Peter  C.  Christensen;  and  sales  managers  Archibald  C.  Emery 
and  Frederick  D.  Lockwood. 

Among  the  corporate  correspondents  are  E.  B.  Badger  &  Sons.,  Binney 
&  Smith  Co.,  Dominion  Iron  &  Steel  Co.,  Ltd., ,  Du  Pont  de  Nemours  &  Co., 
Eastman  Kodak  Co.,  Merck  &  Co.,  Mitsui  &  Co.,  J.  P.  Morgan  &  Co.,  E.  R. 
Squibb  &  Sons,  and  Stein  Hirsh  &  Co.,  as  well  as  numerous  firms  in  the  textile 
and  fur  dyeing  industries,  which  were  major  consumers  of  Edison's  products. 
Other  correspondents  include  benzol  purchasing  agent  Clarence  Dillon, 
aniline  sales  broker  Stanley  Doggett,  Swiss  chemist  William  Knecht,  and 
Lieutenant  Commander  H.  Kimberly,  powder  inspector  for  the  U.S.  Navy. 

Because  Edison's  secretaries  glued  carbon  copies  of  replies  to  the 
original  incoming  correspondence,  the  items  in  these  folders  are  not  in  exact 
chronological  order.  Some  of  the  letters  may  be  difficult  to  read  because  of 
the  dark  brown  paper  used  for  the  carbons. 

Approximately  15  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
selected  documents  reflect  Edison's  personal  role  in  making  business  and 
technical  decisions,  setting  overall  strategy,  and  dealing  with  specific 
customer  relations  problems.  The  unselected  material  includes  routine 
business  correspondence  handled  by  Meadowcroft;  inquiries  that  received 
standard  replies;  routine  items  relating  to  orders,  shipping,  and  delivery 
delays;  credit  checks  on  prospective  customers;  routine  and  unexecuted 
contracts;  sales  catalogs;  chemical  analysis  reports;  customer  lists;  multiple 
copies  of  form  letters;  and  replies  stating  that  Edison  was  away  in  Florida  or 
on  a  camping  trip.  Also  unselected  are  technical  and  business  documents  not 
handled  by  Edison  personally  such  as  complaints  about  product  quality; 
reports  on  benzol  plant  operations  from  Claude  H.  Opdyke  at  Woodward, 
Alabama,  and  John  Bacon,  Jr.  at  Johnstown,  Pennsylvania;  technical  notes 
on  plant  design  and  operations;  and  routine  administrative  records  relating  to 
the  various  Silver  Lake  plants.  The  numerous  outgoing  letters  that  duplicate 
the  correspondence  in  the  General  Letterbook  Series  have  not  been  selected. 

Related  material  can  be  found  in  the  Harry  F.  Miller  File— Chemical 
Correspondence  and  Contracts  (Legal  Series)  and  in  the  Chemical  Production 
Records  (Special  Collections  Series). 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 

August  1st.  1916. 

Ur.  Louis  Iazard, 

92  Willium  Street, 

Mow  York  City. 

ily  dear  Mr  .  hazard : 

I' have  received  your  favor  of  the  29th  ultimo,  ana 
once  more  hog  to  express  my  regret  that  our  people  at  the  fao- 
tory  made  the  mistake  of  stencilling  our  name  on  the  packages 
which  went  to  your  London  office,  ®»is  mistake,  however,  will 
not  bo  repeated. 

You  ask  us  for  an  assurance  that  in  case  soratf  of  your 
customers  abroad  communicate  direot  with  us  that  we  will  refer 
thefr  matter  to  you. 

.Ur*  Edison  says  in  rogard  to  this  question  that  if 
you  kll. furnish  us  with  a  list  of  your  customers,  we. will  pro¬ 
tect  you  as  we  have  done  in  tho  case  of  American  customers,  hut 
Otherwise  he  could  not  agroo  to  do  so. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Woodward  Iron  Co., 

Woodward,  Ala. 

Since  my  telegram  of  July  26th,  market  for  Naphthaline  has 
dropped  very  considerably  on  account  large  importations  from 
Europe.  Am  informed  market  yesterday  7 4  no  takers.  Are  you 
willing  sell  one-half  joint  oarload  at  best  price  obtainable. 


91  NY  GC  16  ORANGE,  N.  J}' 

WOODWARD  ALA  AUG  2  350PM  ftftP 





August  2nd.  1916. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co., 
62  Lafayette  Street, 
Mewark,  M.J. 


In  regard  to  your  losses >on  the  sales  of  Aniline  Oil  sb 
between  the  price  the  same  haB  been  billed  by  us  and  v/hat  you  had  to 
sell  for,  let  me  say  that  as  to  the  Aniline  Oil  sold  by  you  in  April, 
May  and  June,  I  will  allow  you  to  make  a  profit  of  10$  on  the  priceB 
at  which  you  sold,  and  give  you  a  credit  for  the  difference  between 
that  price  and  the  price  at  which  we  charged  the  Aniline  Oil  to  you, 
aooording  to  the  following  figures  whioh  are  copied  from  the  memorandum 
you  gave  Mr.  Meadoworoft. 

|  .  0*  T  Co^J  I 

Selling  :Prioa  l 







4600  lbs, 

$  .64 



I  will  take  the  same  course  of  procedure  in  regard  to  your 
sales  of  Aniline  Oil  in  July,  1916,  except  that  in  this  case  I  can  allow 
you  only  6$  instead  of  10$. 

.  Meadoworoft  in  this  case  are 

Go  a.. 

Selling  Price. 




18000  lbs., 
6379  "  •> 

900  "  .. 


$  .37  1/2 
.37  1/2 
.37  l/2 

I  will  also  follow  the  same  procedure  in  regard  to  the  loss  on 
your  sales  of  Aniline  Salt,  allowing  you  to  mate  10J&.  fhe  figures  in 
this  case  as  given  by  you  to  Mr.  Meadoworoft,  are  as  follows:  •  ,  . 

a.  a.  *-S.  Cri  /““* 

Selling  Price. _ Cost -o-rr^ 





1060  lbs.. 

$  .60 


Yours  very  truly, 

J  7  . 

a .  £alm 

$  .60 

august  2nd-  19X6 . 

Keith  Car  Company, 

.  122  South  Michigan  Ave . , 

Chicago,  Ill* 

Gentlemen : 

If  you  are  chort  on  tenk  oars  for  carrying  acid,  Mr* 
Edison  is  in  position  to  help  out  with  two  acia  tank  cars  tliat 
ho  owns  personally,  Shoy  are  comparatively  now  cars,  he  bought 
them  for  now  about  seven  months  ago,  and  wo  used  thorn  for  a  few 
months  to  bring  Sulphuric  Acia  to  our  works.  As  wo  havo  mado 
othor  arrangements  for  the  delivery  of  our  acidB,  Mr.  Edison  is 
willing  to  ront  these  two  cars . 

If  you  are  l.oking  for  acia  cars,  end  have  any  proposi¬ 
tion  lo  offor  ho  will  bo  glad  to  hoar  from  you. 

Yours  vory  truly, 

resistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

GcmNTKrG  Glass  Works 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange ,  N .  J. 

Gentlemen: -  Attention  Mr.  William  H.  Meaflgwcrqft 

further  in  reference  to  your  favor  of  July  \ 

IVth  regarding  bulbs  of  heat-resisting  quality,  capacity 
approximately  17  gallons,  would  state  that  we  find  we  \ 
no  longer  have  the  mould  for  this  size  bulb.  We  have, 
however,  a  mould  comprising  a  18"  bulb  approximately  \ 
of  12  gallons  capacity.  If  these  will  answer  your 
purpose,  we  can  furnish  you  them  in  any  lots  desired, 
delivery  to  begin  within  about  three  to  four  weeks  after 
receipt  of  order.  \ 

As  to  price,  these  bulbs  are  quite  difficult  to  \ 

manufacture.  As  we  have  never  turned  them  out  very  /'X _ _ 

extensively,  we  have  no  very  definite  records  on  which  /  ■ 
to  base  a  price.  However,  we  will  furnish  them  to  you  ,  f\ 

in  lots  of  from  five  to  twenty  five  at  a  price  of  ijlO.OO  ^  .  / 

each,  net,  F.O.B.  Corning,  H.  Y. ,  packages  charged.  If,  \  / 

after  we  have  made  several,  we  find  that  we  can  manufacture,,.. _ 

them  at  a  lower  cost  that  the  price  estimated,  we  will 
be  pleased  to  reduce  the  price  to  you. 

Referring  to  your  last  paragraph,  outlining 
the  method  in  which  these  bulbs  were  to  be  used,  would 
state  that  the  heat-resisting  glass  will  be  very 
satisfactory;  the  only  danger  might  possibly  be  one  of 
mechanical  strain,  i»e*f  if  the  material  in  solidifying 
should  become  too  hard  and  cause  breakage. 

If  you  find  that  only  the  17  gallon  bulb  will 
answer  your  requirements,  we  could  undoubtedly  make  these 
up  for  you.  V/e  would  first  have  to  construct  a  mould,  the 
oost  for  a  metal  one  being  approximately  $170.00,  and  that 
of  a  wooden  one  approximately  $35.00.  We,  however,  would 
not  recommend  a  wooden  mould  inasmuch  as  it  becomes  useless 
after  making  ten  to  twelve  bulbs,  due  to  the  excessive  heat 
of  this  heat-resisting  glass. 

Trusting  this  gives  you  the  desired  information. 

Very  truly  yours, 









August-  3*a.  1916. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co., 

62  Lafayette  Street, 

IJewark,  h.j. 

Attention  of  Hr.  K.  ff.  Hoffman. 

Gentlemen : 

"  Soforring  to  the  various  conversations  I  have  liaa 
with  you  about  Banziaino,  lot  mo  say  that  if  you  bring  to  me 
a  firm  oontraot  for,,  say,  2,000  pounds  a  day  for  one  (1)  year, 
X  should  bo  willing  to  consider  erecting  a  special  plant  to 
mote  it,  and  in  such  ease  would  expect  to  have  the  plant  ready 
for  operation  in  either  six  or  eight  weeks  after  breaking 

fours  very  truly. 

August  3rd.  1916. 

Mr.  Efison: 

•  I  am  dictating  this  memorandum  so  as  to  give  you  an  idea  of 

what  y.o  •  will  have  at  our  disposal  in  tho  way  of  Carbolic  Acid. 

1  aslcod  Ur.  Kammorhoff  what  ho  would  have  for  spot  sales, 
over  and  abovo  all  contract  requirements  during  the  month  of  August. 
Ho  has  gotten  so  far  ahodd  on  his  contracts  that  ho  will  have  in  tho 
month  of  August  more  than  160,000  pounds  for  spot  solo. 

Besides  this,  he  will  have  more  than  enough  to  complete  tho 
two  remaining  deliveries  on  that  contract  for  60  tons,  which  you  made 
with  .'.'arsden-Sewell  Corporation.' 

In  regard  to  Phenol  from  Plant  #2,  Llason  is  at  present  only 
malting  at  about  tho  rate  that  will  fill  our  contract  deliveries, 
which  are  5600  pounds  a  day,  as  follows: 

Heydon  Chemical  works,  1,000  pounds  a  day. 

American  oil  &  Supply  Company,  2600  pounds  a  day. 

Stein,  Hirsh  &  Company,  2,000  pounds  a  day. 

As  to. spot  Phonol  from  tho  #2  Plant,  they  have  some  on  hand 
that  was  returned  by  Stein,  Hirsh  &  Company,  which  was  badly  discolored 
I  do  not  know  exactly  how  much,  but  it  is  somewhere  orotund  14,000  or 
16,000  pounds.  Stoin,  Hirsh  &  Company  will  return  the  stuff  from  Hoy¬ 
den,  which  as  ho  told  you  was  bo tee on  35  and  40  tons.  All  of  this, 
of  course,  will  have  to  bo  ro-diBtillod.  and  your  decision  was  to  have 
it  re-distilled  by  Hr*  Kemmerhoff  in  one  of  his  unused  stills.  He- 
oan  do  this  at  the  rate  of  1,000  to  3,000  poundB  a  day.  I'ou  decided 
not  'to  have  this  re-distilled  until  wo  had  occasion  to  call  for  it, 
so  that  there  would  bo  loss  chanoo  of  discolouration. 

iie  should,  therefore,  bo  able  to  sell  at  spot  this  month,  if 
necessary  approximately,  250,000  pounds. 

MEAD  017  CHOP  I. 

Mr.  A.  C.  Emery, 

Purchasing  Dopt. 

Silver  Mice,  H.  J., 
August  3rd,  1916. 


With  reference  to  ny  letter  of  July  2lBt,  dealing  with  the 
requisitions  for  the  necessary  apparatus  for  the  carbonating  plant,  1  woe 
informed  by  your  hr.  Gtallaghor  that  all  maohinos  end  apparatus  will  be  de¬ 
livered  in  30  and  40  days  respectively  from  date  of  order.  This  boing  the 
case,  1  hove  asked  Hr.  Edison  whether  I  now  should  go  ahead  preparing 
foundations,  pipe  lines,  etc.,  for  this  now  errangemont.  Hr.  Edison 
gave  his  0-K  to  go  ahead,  adding:  "It  must  bo  in  operation  within  two 
months,  or  I  cannot  got  ny  money  back#  Signod  "T.A.E.,  Aug.  1,  1916." 

I  presume  that  you  will  have  in  the  meantime  ordered  the 
apparatus  and  machinery,  as  por  ny  previous  requisitions  mentioned  in  ny 
letter  of  July  Slot,  and  am  now  herewith  handing  you  a  number  of  other 
requisitions,  preferably  for  pipeB  and  aooessorios.  I  would  a3k  you  to 
kindly  handle  all  thoso  orders  bolonging  to  our  shop  ordor  #2158  ao  boing 
"urgent",  i.o«,  those  quotations  for  this  material  should  bo  given  prefer¬ 
ence  for  others  which  secure  shortest  possible  time  of  delivery,  provided, 
of  course,  that  prioes  are  within  acceptable  limits  to  you. 

Our  requisitions  contain  material  of  standard  size  and  make. 

If  one  or  the  other  material,  asked  for,  cannot  be  had,  in  say,  2  or  3  weeks, 
please  let  me  know  before  you  order,  as  then  wo  mlgit  bo  able  to  use  some 
other  size  which  io  somewhere  on  hand. 

Copy  to  Hr.  Edison. 


Newark  N.J.,  Aug.3,1916. 

Ur.  Delos  Holden,  General  Counsel, 
Thomas  A.  Edison, Inc. 

West  Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  sir:'1Ie8Br8<  Dralcef  Edward  H.  Ackley  and  Charles  T.  Witt- 

stein  of  our  Association's  Health  Committee,  would  like  to  again 
visit  your  Silver  Lake  Plant,  at  9:30  Teusday  the  eight  instant, 
These  gentlemen  were  on  the  Committee  which  visited  your  Plant 
before.  If  this  would  be  convenient  to  Ur.  Uason  will  y6u  kindly 
have  him  so  advise  Mr.  WlttBtein  at  276  Delavan  Avenue.  Newark*  N.J. 
and  oblige 

Very  truly  yours, 



Newark ,N.  J. , 
August  3, 


Mr.  Delos  Holden, General  Counsel, 
Thomas A.  Edison,  Inc., 

West  Orange,  N.J. 

On  the  29th  ultimo  I  acknowledged  receipt  of  your  letter 
or:  Jul?  26th.  and  stated  that  I.  had  sent  a  photographic  copy  of  the 
same  to  Chairman  Wittstein  of  our  Health  Committee  and  Chairman 
Parker  of  our  Legal  Committee,  hut  that  I  had  not  had  an  oppor¬ 
tunity  to  cnsult  with  them.  I  have  since  seen  Chairman  Wittstein 
and  Mr.  Ackley  of  our  Health  Committee  and  Mr.  Jackson,  our  Vice 
President.  I  have  also  received  a  letter  from  the  Newark  Bureau  of 
Combustibles ,  dated  July  31,  1916  which  reads  as  follows: 

"In  reply  to  your  letter  as  to  benzol :benzol  is  classed 
by  us  as  a  highly  volatile  ,  highly  inflammaie  liquid  whose  vapors 
when  mixed  with  air  are:  explosive.  We  put  benzol  in  the  same  cat¬ 
egory  as  gasoline,  benzine  and  naphtha  and  regulate  the  storage  in 
accordance  with  this  idea." 

Captain  Gasser' s  letter  gives  us  concern  and  in  view  of 
tithe  recent  explosion  at  Communipw  we  desire  to  ask  what  instructions 
have  been  issued  to  the  employes  of  your  Silver.  Lake  Plant  witji 
regard  to  the  handling  of  nitro-benzol  and  who  is  charged  with  see¬ 
ing  that  these  Instructions'  are  carried  out. 

You  will  remember  that  when  our  Committee  visited  your 
Silver  Lake  Plant  we  saw  tank  cars  withawarning  notices  posted  on 
them  on  your  sidings.  We  have  sinoe  been  informed  that  some  of 
these  cars ,  containing  thousands  of  gallons  of  iiitro-tjenzoi  were  in 
imminent  danger  of  exploding  in  June,  when  the  explosion  that  shoo* 
Forest  Hill,  and  the  fire  which  followed,  took  place,  mad  that  the 
railroad  men  refused  to  handle  these  cars.  We  have  also  learned  from 
the  Newspapers  that  the  laws  of  this  state  governing  the 
of  explosives?  were  not  obeyed  at  Communipaw,  and  the  great  disaster 
of  last  Saturday  night  resulted.  . 

As  you  doubtless  know,  it  is  claimed  that  no  cars  of 
explosives  should  have  been  run  onto  the  docks  unless  a  boat  was 
ready  to  take  them  away.  We  are  wondering  whether  your  cf** 
nitro-benzol  are  being  emptied  into  your  subterranean  resorvoirs 
immediately  upon  receipt?  are  also  wondering  how  you  get  this 
nitro-benzol  out  of  said  resorvoirs  and  in  what  quantity  and  ho w 
you  use  it.  As  we  understand  it,. it  is  distilled  and  in  the  distill 
ation  process  the  explosion  in  June  oocured. 

The  fearless  way  in  which  Mr.  Mason  spoke  of  nitro-- 
benzol  came  to  my  mind  in  reading  a  recent  editorial  on  Black  Tom  s 
Bombardment  "  in  the  Newark  Evening  News.  After  reciting  the  New 
Jersey  and  Federal  Statutes  governing  the  handling  of  explosives 
the  editorial  states: 

Kr.  Delos  Holden  -  2  - 

«  Y#t,  in  spite  of  ell  these  regulations  and  the  severity  of  the 
criminal  law  provisions,  the  disaster  occurred.  That  this  was  poss¬ 
ible  may  be  accounted  for  by  over-confidence  inspired  in  the  breasts 
of  men  who  are  engaged  in  the  handling  of  explosives.  They  have  in¬ 
ured  themselves? to  the  dangers  of  their  occupation  and  have  laughed 
at  the  fears  of  those  who  have  nervously  anticipated  the  coming  of 
Just  suoh  a  dleaBter  .  This  is  human  nature  as  it  is  exemplified 
in  every  munition  factory.,  tfen  become  reckless  when  they  have  been 
engaged'dn  explosive  manufacture  or  handling  for  any  lenght  of  time. 
They  grow  to  believe  that  they  lead  charmed  lives . 

y  *  This  -  is the  human  element  that  makes  for  supreme  danger  in 
the  munitions  business  despite  all  regulatory  safeguards.  After  the 
Communapaw  disaster  of  five  and  a  half  years  ago,  the  Hews  declared 
that  the  lesson  to  be  learned  from  it  was  that  '  the  handling  of 
high  explosives  in  large  quantities,  in  transit  or  otherwise,  ought 
to  be  prohibited  within  a  prescribed  distance  from  centers  of  popu¬ 
lations.  '  In  extraordinary  times  like  the  present,  there  are  certain 
to  be  large  quantities  of  explosive*  in  transit  and  in  storage  at 
the  shipping  points.  *hat  the  increased  likelihood  of  disaster 
should  make  for  extra  precautions  is  a  common  place,-  but  equally 
so  is  the  over  confidence  that  grows  pat  of  the  constant  handling 
of  such  material  at  such  times." 

The  purpose  of  this  liter  which  I  am  sanding  to  lKpu  by  reg- 
isyered  mail,  is  to  call  to  your  attention  and  that  of  your  Company 
the  need  for  the  utmost  care  in  the  handling  Of  this  nitro-benzol, 
to  the  end  that  if  life  is  subsequently  lost  and  property  damaged 
through  the  violation  of  1«  by  your  '•'ompany  or  its  employes ,  that  you 
and  your  Company  shall  not  "be  held  gull ties e  for  lack  of  haying  had 
your  attention  called  to  the  need  for  careful  provision  against  a 
reourrence  of  the  explosion  which  took  place  in  JUne, 

I  wish  again  to  take  advantage  of  thie  opportunity  to  eay 
that  we  believe  your  Company  are  taking  great  responsibility  ini 
manufacturing  chemicals  and  dyes  in  a  locality  whioh  ie  flanked  on 
both  Eaet  and  West  by  highly  developed  residential  districts  whioh 
were  there- before  your.  Plant  was  constructed.  • 

last  Itonday  night  ths  odors  from  yftdf  plant  during  the  entire 
night  were  worse  than  I  have  ever  known  them.  I  am  sending  a  copy  of 
thiB  letter  to  the  Bloomfield  Commwn  Council  which  body  I  addressed 
on  thie  subject  of  explosives? last  June  in  an  endeavor  to  impress  on 
them  the  responsibility  they  were  assuming  ijJ  permitting  an  industry 
suoh  ae  yours  to  develop  in  such  a  localitywhere  there  are  more  sal¬ 
oons  than  in  any  other  Ward  in  the  City,  for  whiskey  and  high  ex¬ 
plosives  are  a  bad  combination.  w  ,  _ 

I  am  also  sending  a  copy  of  thie  letter  to  the  ,  ewark  Ev¬ 
ening  Hewe  which  has  anticipated  in  its  'columns  that  the  explosions 
at  Communipaw  would  put  more  *vlm"  into  oO>  fight  on  the  conduct  and 

location  of  your  Silver  Lake  Plant.  ^  _ _ _  - 

I  understand  that  there  have  been  rafuiale  to  renew  >ire  In- 
sur ancenPoli ciee  in  the  neighborhood  of  your  Silver  Lake  Plant  .1  ha 
Have  been  unable  to  obtain  the  reasons  for  thie  action by  the  Tire 
Coumaniee  but  they  evidehtly  are  concerned  over  the  eituation. 

Very  truly  yours, 


American  Oil  &  Supply  Comoany,  a  corporation  having  it8 
plooo  of  bualnoau  at  EE  Lafayette  street.  Ho  work,  il.  J.,  hereby  pur¬ 
chases  and  ngreoc  to  receive  from  Shosas  ii.  Mi  son  and  the  eaid 
Kiomae  ...  Edison  hereby  cello  to  said  /-ooricad  Oil  &  Supply  company, 
i  Aiaido  Phonol  Hydrochloride /"for  Photographic  purposes Muring  tho 
l‘'*  -p— m  i»*  ««  —  - a’it,  1917,  inclusive,  end 





!iO  bo  of  good  standard  quality,  cemo  r.s  rrovloasly 

2o  be  four  the as and  (4,000)  pounds  per  month  from 
August  let,  1916  to  January  Met,  1917. 

£o  be  four  dolloro  ($4.00)  per  pound,  I.  0.  S. 
Silver  Lake,  i>.  J.,  no  charge  for  package  if  tho 
m&toriel  is  packed  ae  at  precent  in  kege  or  boxes 
lined  with  waxes  paper.  If  the  material  or  any 
port  of  it  is  requires  to  be  packed  in  bottles, 
tho  bottles  shall  be  furnlshoS  by  the  American 
Oil  &  Supply  Company,  and  Edison  will  peck  the 
material  therein  free  of  charge. 

!o  bo  made  and  taken  at  the  rate  of  four  thousand 
(4,000)  pounds  per  mouth,  commencing  August  1st, 
1916  and  onding  January  blet,  1917. 

Shirty  (SO)  days,  or  loss  l?s  within  ton  days  from 
„dato  of  each  shipment,  payable  in  Ben  York  City 
funde,  in  United  States  gold  or  its  equivalent  in 
’United  Statos  currency.  - 

In  the  ovont  of  war,  firo,  flood,  strike,  lookout, 
accident,  or  other  liko  causes  boyondtho  control 
•of  said  Edison,  interfering  with  the  production, 
consumption  satby  transportation  of  tee  goods  heroin 
described,  pro-rata  deliveries  under  this  contract  - 
□boll  coaco  for  the  period  required  to  remove  the 
cause  end  repair  tho  damage. 

■■■■.-  (signed)  Shoe.  A.  Edison.  - 

>n  CO-CtC 

Ilr*  Thomas  A.  Edison*  l  -»• 

Al-g^y^rf  <Ltt.t,\X\  ll<W  L-tfi"  C.C.$\  ~bllQ  S  tltxn* 

Subjects  _ SUPPLY  O?  ELE^hua  cOhEHI.  _. — '  (, 

. . 

ItttstLaju.  j oajJJL  U'J-t.^  Tb  £p*-c.  3  j 
Shortly  after  we  Inaialled  our  second  motor  generates* 

I  reported  on  Jar  oh  16  th,  1916,  that  our  load  on  day  time  was  950  atorjses, 
and  at  nijgit  time  about  1050  and  1100  amperes.  At  that  tlmg‘*f‘flraw 
your  attention  to  the  increasing  consumption  of  current :■ in  tho  Aniline 
Plant,  which  showed  a  tendency  to  bring  our  load  soon  up  to  tho  full 
capacity  of  tho  two  generators,  i.o.,  1600  amperes  at  230  volts. 

The ' attached  records  .covering  oaoh  34  hours  on  July  14th 
and  July  17th  show  that  the  total  consumption  of  current  has  now  grown 
so  far  that  our  too  generators  run  most  of  the  time  noarly  full  loaded, 
tho  roading  showing  as  much  as  1680  amperes.  .1  presume  that  in  the’ 
Aniline  Plant  the  consumption  is  still  on  the  increase,  whilst  we  ourselves 
will  use  quite  somo  more  current  ao  soon  as  tho  Carbonating  Plant  oomos 
into  operation.  If  it  is  not  possible  to  switch  at  least  a  part  of 
tho  Aniline  Plant  over  to  somo  other  foeding  line  (Primary  Battery),  I 
think  that  an  enlargement  of  our  power  plant  is  unavoidable. 

Vi's  have  at  present  installed  two  motor  generator  sots 
from  Crocker-V, heeler  Co..,  each  set  consisting  of  a  2300-volt  A.  C.  motor, 
driving  a  D.  C.  dynamo  of  200  K.  W. 

Mr.  A.  A.  Drew,  President, 

Forest  Hill  Protective  '.saooiation, 

530  Parker  ;3t.,  iiewark,  H.  j. 

Bear  Sir; 

Both  your  letters  of  the  3rd  instant  wera  duly  received.  With 
reference  to  the  letter  relating  to  the  proposed  visit  of  Messrs. 

M.  S.  Drake,  Chas.  ffl.  Wittsteln  and  Edward  H.  Ackley  to  our  plant  at 
Silver  Lake  on  Tuesday  next  at  9.30  A.  K.,  wo  will  he  pleased  to  have 
Messrs.  Drake  and  Wittstein  visit  the  plant  at  that  time,  and  also  Mr. 
Aokloy,  provided  he  is  neither  a  chemist  nor  a  lawyer.  Hr.  Mason  is 
away  at  present  hut  is  expected  hack  on  Monday.  Should  it  he  impossible 
for  Mr.  Mason  to  meet  the  above  named  gentlemen  on  Tuesday,  arrangements 
will  he  made  for  someone  else  to  receive  them  and  show  them  through  the 

’■reply, to  your  other  letter  of  the  3rd  instant,  relating 
mostly  to  benzol,  must  he  deferred  until  Mr.  Mason’B  return. 

I  am  sending  a  copy  of  this  letter  to  IJr.  ittstein. 

Yours  very  truly. 


General  Counsel, 

Kb-stis  Cm  CoBPMf 






We  have  your  letter  of  August  1st  in  reply  to  our 
communication  of  July  22nd  in  regard  to  renewal  of  contract  No. 

Ill  for  K.T.X.  690  tfhich  expires  September  1st.  1916. 

llote  you^ state  under  your  present  storage  arrangement, 
you  can  very  readily  got  along  without  the  use  of  this  car  a£ter 
September  1st,  and  that  you  therefore,  do  not  care  to  renew  the 
lease.  / 

Thii  is  entirely  satisfactory  to  us,  as  we  have  another 
contract  on  Which  it  is  necessary  we  furnish  100  cars  commencing 
with  September  1st  of  each  year,  on  which  we  can  very  readily 
apply  this/car,  and  we  will  give  you  disposition  which  will  enable 
you  to  dispose  of  it  prior  to  September  1st. 

/  You  have  four  oilier  oars  on  contract  No.  125  which 
exp ires'  November  26th,  1916,  and  if  your  storage  situation  is  such 
that  you  would  also  care  to  release  these  four  cars  prior  to 
November  26th,  we  wouj.4  bo  very  glad  to  take  possession  of  them 
in  advance  of  that  date. 

/  Y/e  are  advising  you  of  this  so  you  may  not  feel  obligated 

/to  continue  these' cars  in  your  service  until  the  expiration  of  uhe 

contract  if  you.-do  not  need  them. 

Yours  truly, 



ol*  fc-asC  ;  ^ 


Ghboae®  Aug  4,  1916. 

Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Bdison, 

Orange,  U.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

V/e  have  your  letter  of  August  2nd  stating  Ur.  Edison 
has  two  acid  cars  which  he  is  willing  to  rent  at  this  time,  and 
if  we  are  looking  for  acid  cars  and  have  a  proposition  to  offer, 
will— he.  glad  to  hear  from  us. 

V/e  have  never  gone  into  the  sub  leasing  of  tank  cars, 
but  shall  be  very  glad  to  assist  you  in  finding  some  one  who  would 
probably  need  this  particular  equipment,  in  which  event  we  would 
be  pleased  to  refer  these  parties  to  you  direct,  to  whom  you  could 
probably  lease  the  cars  for  a  very  good  rental,  and  you  should 
have  no-  difficulty  in  finding  service  for  the  cars  at  this  time. 

o/  * 

m^rr^J  c Q$  (gdcd^ri/, 

L V/ca/nayy 

August  7th.  1916, 

Amerioan  Oil  &  Supply  Company,  a  corporation  having  its 
place  of  bus  inass  at  62  Lafayette  Street,  Newark,  H.  J.,  hereby 
purohases  and  agrees  to  receive  from  Thomas  A.  Edison  and  the  said 
Thomas  A.  Edison  hereby  sells  to  said  Amerioan  Oil  &  Supply  Company, 
Para  Amido  Phenol  Base,  approximately  90%  pure,  during  the  period 
from  August  1st,  1916  to  Deoember  31st,  1916,  inclusive, and  aB  follows: 

QUALITY.  To  be  of  good  standard  quality,  same  aB  previously 


QUANTITY.  To  be  fifteen  hundred  (1600)  pounds  per  month  from 

August  1st,  1916  to  Deoember  3lBt,  1916. 

PRICE.  To  be  four  dollars  ($4.00 )  per  pound,  F.  0.  B. 

Silver  Lake,  N.  J. ,  no  charge  for  package  if  Ifce 
material  is  paoked  as  at  present  in  kegs  or’  boxes 
lined  with  waxed  paper.  If  the  material  or  any 
part  of  it  is  required  to  be  paoked  in  bottleB, 
the  bottles  shall  be  furnished  by  the  American 
Oil  &  Supply  Company,  and  Edison  will  pack  the 
material  therein  free  of  oharge. 


To  be  made  nne  taken  at  the  rate  of  fifteen  hundred 
(1600)  pounds  per  month,  commencing  August  1st,  1916, 
and  ending  Deoember  31st,  1916. 

Thirty  (30)  days,  or  Iobb  1%  within  ten  days  from 
late  of  eaoh  shipment,  payable  in  New  York  City 
funds,  in  United  States  gold  or  its  equivalent  in 
United  stateB  ourrenoy. 

In  the  event  of  war,  fire, 'flood,  strike,  lookout, 
accident,  or  other  like  causes  beyond  the  control 
of  said  Edison,  interfering,  with  the  produotion, 
consumption  and  transportation  of  the  goods  herein 
described,  pro-rata  deliveries  under  this  contract 
phi'll  oease  for  the  period  required  to  remove  the 
cause  and  repair  the  damage. 


August  8th.  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

You  quoted  Robert  Lozier  56^per  pound  on  6  tone  of  Phenol 
for  the  British  Amerioan  Chemical  Co.  yesterday.  Mr.  Lozier 
said  that  the  British  Amerioan  Chemioal  Co.  had  reoeived  quotation 
from  reliable  sources  for  Edison  Phenol  at  64^  per  pound.  He  asks 
if  you  will  proteot  him  to  the  extent  of  per  pound  as  before. 

He  has  quoted  the  British  fimerioan  Chemioal  Co.  56^  per  pound, 
but  he  and  the  Purchasing  Agent  of  the  British  Amerioan  Chemioal 
Co.  a±e  ooming  out  here  to  adjust  the  price.  They  will  be  here 
at  llt45  this  morning. 

To  save  all  the  time  he  oan  he  wants  to  know  if  it  will  be 
all  riglit^to* notify  Mr.  Kammerhoff  to  get  2  l/2  tonB  of  Phenol 
ready  for  shipment  by  truok»  as  the  British  Amerioan  Chemioal 
Co*  are  very  anxious  to  get  this  Phenol  today  sure. 

H.  P.  MILLER. 

August  8th.  1916. 


Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Stevens  stated  over  the  telephone  that  in  the 
latter  part  of  May  he  sent  samples  of  Carbolio  Aoid  to  many 
of  his  correspondents  abroad,  and  quoted  them,  in  accordance 
with  information  received  from  you,  at  60^  per  pound,  I'.A.S. 

Hew  York.  Mr.  Stdvens  wants  to  know  if  there  is  a  change 
in  price,  as  he  considers  this  price  a  little  high  according 
to  the  foreign  market.  He  thinks  he  might  reoeive  a  few  orders 
if  the  prioe  was  ohanged. 

H.  i1.  MULES. 


RHEO  Tooth  Powder 




Rochester,  New  York 

Edison  Laboratories, 
Orange,  N.  J. 


8,  1916  ,  _ 

Regarding  shipment  of  250  lbs  discolored 

Our  original  order  to  you  called  for  ship¬ 
ment  to  be  made  by  the  Lehigh  East  Freight. 

Your  letter  of  yesterday  adtises  that  this 
has  been  shipped  by  the  Erie,  c/d  Lehigh  Valley. 

/  Deliveries  to  Rochester  on  the  Erie  are 

/  notoriously  slow  and,  as  we  are  in  urgent  need  of  this 
I  Carbolic  Acid,  wire  your  best  price  on  a  further  250 
V.  lbs  by  express. 

It  is  absolutely  necessary  that  we  have  thiB 
phenol  at  the  earliest  possible  moment  and  we  trust  that 
we  can  rely  on  you  to  help  us  out^^,^ 

Have  just  called  up  the  Brre  freight  agent 
and  find  that  they  have  no  knowledge  of  thiB  particular 

Yours  very  truly , 


Moone  Chemical  Company 

TjfeljEj  , 

™-.(ffi>--  (b^Z iiA 


Aug.  10,  1916, 

.~Tt—  II  .  «?/ _ J? 

Mk4  ««»«  '  '  >, 

nc‘*  |UmJU^ 

tf^u  1^  iah^ictf«^i  ^•’K 

lave  accumulated  a  ohipmGnft 

.x. ..  “’wV, 

„4£rt»^4— 6  J/Up^1 

Messrs,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc 

Gentlemen: - 

TV\mm  I^oj  nn<9t<&uc«wi«i  — —  i\ 

We  aro  sorry  to  iAform  youlthat  the  Carbolic  Acid  v 

which  we  are  now  receiving  frmn^m  n0tjtc>^Sf3P(^0Mv tWr-u-A 
The  shinment  delivered  to  us  qn  Monday  is  discolored  and  only 
.  cluua.  <9-t£ 

partly  crystallized.  When  we  have  accumulated  a  4u-0 

-t"  ' 

of  this  objectionable  Acid  we^wi 

C^tT  ~ 

regret  that  we  are  compelle 

Yours  very  truly. 



Q,ui.  t*  ^ 

■c  J^L-i 


QLo  ^ 

•^r  M s u^c*-££2.  t  llth#  1916.  ^ 

*  EaiM  c udt  — *  ^W<*v  u?-S^ 

Mr.  Lozier  juBt^gaed ^p  on  the  ^lephone^and  Baid  ^ 

Mr.  Edison^  yj^Jfe 

Mr.  Lozier  just  .called  Jrp  on  the  telephone  and  Bald 
that  the  BritishUifierican  Che®L4al  Comneny  want  to  dupliohte 

their  order  for  2  l/2  tons  of  Phenol,  which  thpy  got  on  August 
8th.  What  he  wants  to  know  is,  what  is  the^latest  time  tomorrow 
morning  they  can  notify  you  they  want  this  Phenpa,  in  order 
to  get  it  out  the  same  day.  This  additional tons  is  to 
be  at  the  same  prioe,  and  at  the  same  terms/ 

H.  F.  MILLER. 


August  12  th.  1916.. 

Hr.  Stanley  Doggett, 

99  John  Street, 

Hem  York  City. 

Dear  Sir:  . 

I  have  written  you  previously  asking  for  shipping 
inis  tract  ions  for  your  contract  Aniline  Oil  for  tho  remaining 
days  of  thiB  month,  but  have  received  no  directions  or. reply 
from  you. 

I  must  ask  you  to  please  favor  mo  with  shipping  in¬ 
structions  as  1  have  no  room  for  storage,  we  aie  greatly  con¬ 
gested  at  my  plant,  and  I  would  also  lilco  to  have  you  relieve 
me  of  the  .aniline  Oil  remaining  over  your  contract  quantity 
for  last  month. 

lours  veryntruly. 

August  12th*  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

Sometime  ago  Ur.  Kammerhoff  shipped  the  Moone 
Chemical  Company  a  250  pound  drum  of  discolored  Carbolio 
Aoid.  This  was  at  60^  per  pound,  E.  0.  B.  Silver  lake. 
They  asked  us  to  trace  this  shipment,  which  we  did,  and 
upon  their  zx  asking  for  it  at  the  freight  office,  they 
were  told  that  it  oheoked  short.  They  are  very  much  in 
a  hurry  for  this  Phenol  and  asked  us  for  a  quotation  on 
another  drum  of  260  pounds  of  discolored  Phenol,  and  you 


quoted  them  £&f' per  pound.  They  telegraph  us  that  due 
to  the  fact  that  the  shipment  checks  short,  they  want  us 
to  duplicate  this  shipment,  at  the  same  prioe  of  60^  per 
pound.  Shall  we  have  the  first  shipment  returned? 

H.  E.  MI  LUSH. 

UOcCt  CU** 

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Silver  Lata,  N.  J.t 
Auguat  14th,  1916. 

Subject i 

Kogarding .  the  discolored  Phenol,  X  bog  to  drav;  your  attention 
to  the  foot  .that  the  difficulty  which  wo  have  met  with  during  the  last  two 
months  very  probably  could  not  have  boon  avoided  if  we  had  used  a  dephlegnator 
and  a  column.  Our  Phenol  was  discolored  in  tho  first  plaoe  by  standing  for 
too  long  a  time  in  galvanized  iron  cans,  tho  galvanized  airtn  of  whioh  pooled 
off.  Tho  rooult  was  a  more  or  loss  darkish  brown  color  of  the  previously 
white  Phenol.  The  pinky  discoloration  took  place  when  wo  started  using  Nitre 
Cato,  and  this,  1  am  nuro,  will  disappear  not/  that  wo  noutralizo  usain  with 
Ohamber  Acid.  I  do  not  boliovo  that  a  dophlegmator  and  column  can  purify  the 
Phenol  and  prevent  it  from  turning  red  after  a  few  days  if  tho  dieooloration 
is  oaussd  by  impure  raw  material,  by  Eitro  Cake  containing  nitric  Acid,  or  by 
other  impurities.  We  have,  for  instanco,  redistilled  the  recovered  Phenol, 
whioh  was  returned  from  tho  Was  Plant,  three  or  four  tines,  without  getting 
rid  of  the  discoloration,  in  thia  case  consisting  of  all  kinds  of  colors  — 

When  Badger  sent  us  his  first  still  tho  construction  of  tho 
column  and  dephlogmator  was  wrong,  and  the  apparatus  did  not  work  at  all.  Hr. 
Mason  tells  ms  that  ho  hod  a  conversation  with  Badger' s  engineer,  who  admitted 
that  at  the  time  when  they  delivered  tho  first  still  they  did  not  know  much 
about  distilling  Phenol.  Badger's  engineer  now  claims  that  their  construction, 
is  a  perfeot  one.  This  may  bo  true,  but  I  believe  that  no  dephlogmator  and 
column  can  create  a  purer  Phenol  than  we  got  by  distilling  our  Phenol  twioe. 

If,  however,  you  want  to  try  Badger's  new  dephlogmator  and  column,  I  bog  to  sug¬ 
gest  that  as  a  trial  one  still  in  your  Plant  No.  H  might  be  ohangod,  before  wo 
spend  the  money  for  all  our  stills,  and  perhaps  find  out  later  that  the  de- 



1L.  $terre  lalltgnp 



Thomas  A.  Edison, 

New  Jersey, 


ITH  ST.  NEW  YORK  1,7.  murV.y  mti.  I 

AUg.  14,  1916.  \ 

llrt  'l1£rt 

X  few  months  ago  we  plirSased  from  youBomert 
Paraphenylene  Diamin  and  did  not  have  An  opportunity  to  use  it 
until  the  last  two  weeks,  having  a  stodk  still  on  jhand  of  the 
imported  goods.  on^v  QX&t-yM  iK^  (K-'vCT 

VJ^'I IL.  uu-T-fr^T  al X$~-*-SLcZL  <£.  o-A^pla 

I  am  somewhat  aisappointdd  fr^m  the  result  we  obtained 
in  using  your  preparation,  although  I  want  to  strongly  impress 
in  your  mind  that  I  am  not  making  a  'complaint,  because  the  make  of 
this  product  in  this  country  is  somewhat  new,  I  do  not  wish  to  ' 
criticise  only  I  thought  you  wouldlike  to  be.  informed  of  t 
following:  ULrTfg,  w  ■»  t*>tl 

We  u&W^this  pVqSration . for  hair  coloring,  and 

the  writer  personally  used  it  himself  on  about  50  ocasionB  during 
the  last  two  weeks.  X  notice  that  the  color  obtained  rubs  off  on 
everything  it  comes  in  contact  with  and  if  the  hair  is  washed  a 
few  hours  after  the  application,  all  the  color  oomes  off,  although 
the  dye  was  applied  with  the  usual  care,  the  hair  being  free  from 
grease  and  giving  time  for  complete  oxidation,  after  the  application 
before  drying  it,  but  in  spite  of  that  after  washing  the  hair,  every 
particle  comes  off,  or  if  left  unwashed,  rubs  off  on  everything  it 
comes  in  contact  with. 

As  I  said  in  the  beginning  of  this  letter,  this  is  not 
a  complaint  but  merely  a  report  of  the  result  obtained  with  your 
goods,  as  I  do  not  doubt  that  you  can  make  a  product  as  perfect  as 
the  imported,  if  you  are  informed  of  the  weak  pointB.  And  while  I 
do  not  pretend  to  have  the  technical  experience  of  the  eminent 
chemist  in  charge“>our  laboratory,  I  have  30  years  experience  in 
dyeing  hair  with  the  product  named  above,  and  if  I  can  be  of  any 
help  to  your  chemist  in  furnishing  further  explanation,  I  will  be 
very  glad  to  hear  from  you. 

The  product  we  used  previous  to  .this:  ,  and  for  many  years.', 
is  the  so-called  Drsol-D.  if  you  have  any  suggestions  to  make 
about  tile  color  obtained  with  your  product  so  as  to  be  fast  and 
lasting,  I  will  appreciate  as  a  special  favor  to  hear  from  you  at 
your  earliest  convenience. 



j§>tattbg  Snggett 

CGnUms,  CCipmirals,  ®ils  mb  4fltm>ral  prnhurtH 

99  John  and  11-18  Cuff  Streets 

of  the  12th  and  wish  to  say  that  I  an  unable  to  secure 
storage  space  for  Aniline  Oil  and  as  ny  custdmera  have 
asked  me  to  rith-Jiold  shipments  for  a  short  while 
longer,  I  would  kiraly  ask  you  to  please  indulge  me 
a  little  longer,  as  I  am  unable  to  secure  storage 
facilities  as  above  mentioned.  I  hope  in  the  near 
future  to  ba  in  a  position  to  take  care  of  these 

Thanking  you  for  your^kindness,  X  f 
Eesu»ot fully  you: 


1L  $terre  TJalltgnp 

In  my  letter  to  you  yesterday,  I  forgot  to  say  that 
your  product  is  a  brown  reddish  color,  instead  of  the  "iron  gray" 
as  the  imported  Ursol-D,  and  the  shade  it  gives  the  hair  is  very 
reddish,  rather  objectionable,  ; 

Since  writing  you,  we  have  had  two  of  our  customers 
come  back  to  us  complaining  that  the  dye  we  applied  on  their  hair 
a  few  days  ago,  rubbed  off  on  everything. 

Trusting  to  hear  from  you  soon,  we  remain. 


Respectfully  yours, 



My  dour  Admiral: 

I  am  enclosing  letter  received  from  Office  of 
ilaval  Inspector  of  Powder,  -Hast  Coast,  Post  Office  Building, 
Jersey,  City,  H.  J. ,  Ho.  226-E,  on  the  subject  of  rejection  of 

.  Hr.  Edison  says  tills  slight  pinkish  color 
does  not  in  any  way.  injure  the  phenol  for  use  in  the  manufacture 
of  picric  acid.  All  phenol  is  apt  to  discolor  in  this  way,  and 
no  chemist  has  as  yet  boon  able  to  ascertain  why  the  plight 
discoloration  occurs  at  intervals.  Ho  says  the  melting  point 
and  other  characteristics  are  0.  X.  and  according  to  contraot, 
and  he  seos  no  reason  why  the  phenol  should  not  be  used. 

She  discoloration  in  slight,  and  ho  would  like 
very'much  indeed  to  have  your  powder^Ery  some  of  it  to  see  if  the 
slight  discoloration  makes  any  difference  in  the  manufacture  of 

Bhis  phenol  was  made  oxaetly  the  same  as  nil 
the  other  phenol  you  have  received,  v/hich  Hr.  Edison  understands 
has  conformed  to  your  requirements  in  ovory  particular. 

With  kindest  regards,  and  in  which  Hr.  Edison 
joins  me,  I  remain. 

Yours  sinoeroly. 

Chief  Englnoor. 







August  17,  1916. 

My  dear  Mr.  Hutchison: 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  the 
16th  instant,  the  question  of  the  pink  phenol  has 
already  been  referred  to  the  Proving  Ground,  and  owing 
to  the  ultimate  use  of  this  material,  that  is,  for  an 
explosive,  they  do  not  advise  its  acceptance.  They 
are  of  the  opinion  that  the  possible  causes  of  this 
pink  discoloration  are  objectionable. 

I  am  very  sorry  that  we  have  to  be  so  partic¬ 
ular,  but  so  much  is  at  stake  that  we  are  compelled  to 
be  drastic  in  all  the  inspections  of  materials  we  get. 

With  kindest  regards, 

Mr.  M.  H.  Hutchison, 

Chief  Engineer,  Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  H.  J. 



0033  225_E 


Poet  Of floe  Building. _ 

Jersey  City1H.J. 

Subject:  Rejection  of  phenol. 


1.  The  Bureau  rejects  15,882  pounds,  Batches  150/1&7, 
161/1&8,  and  152/1&7,  tested  by  the  Inspector  on  July  88,  1916, 
as  the  material  has  a  decided  pinkish  color,  and  therein  departs 
from  the  specifications. 

2.  She  Inspector  will  he  absent  on  vacation  until 
August  28th,  and  will  not  he  able  to  inspect  the  replacement  lots 
until  that  date. 


Lieut.Oomdr.  U. STllavy , 
Naval  Inspector  of  Powder,  E.C. 

.  M.R.  Hutchison,  o/o 

Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  N.J.  , 

V  ^uguet  17th-  1916. 

.  57  e*A  *¥  ^L'rt’>'  M 

Mr.  Edison:  I  L-  ^-yWSSS* 

Ihe  President  of  the  Dixon  Pharn&cal 
Company  would  like  to  have  a  quotation  from  you 
on  your  Carbolic  Acid,  and  he  would  also  like  to 
know  the  strength  of  your  oarbolic  acid  in  com¬ 
parison  with  the  German  Carbolic,  its  purity  and 
eto.  I  ashed  them  the  quantity  they  would  want 
and  they  said  in  a  we eh  and  a  half  they  would  need 
100  pounds  and  would  use  it  continuously,  but  didn't 
say  what  their  requirements  would  be. 

H.  P.  MX1DEE. 

X  LU.  Mr  p  P.  \f 

August  17th.  1916. 

Ur.  Edison: 

Ur.  Lozier  just  oalled  up  stating  that  the  Brltish- 
Amerioan  Chemical  Company  wanted  an  additional  2  l/2  tons  of 
Carbolic  Aold  to  go  forward  by  truck  today.  He  said  that  In¬ 
asmuch  as  they  have  not  paid  for  the  5  tons  they  bought  from 
you  last  week,  which  amounts  to  around  $5600.00,  Ur.  lozier 
thought  he  would  offer  you  a  suggestion.  He  Bald  he  would  not 
like  to  see  you  get  too  deep  so  far  as  the  credit  is  concerned, 
and  if  you  wish  he  would  tell  them  that  you  do  not  care  to 
extend  your  oredit  to  them  iflor  more  than  $6000.00,  and  Ur. 
lozier  would  see  if  he  oouldn't  have  them  accept  this  2  l/2 
tons  they  want  shipped  today,  by  sight  draft  attached  to 
.bill  of  lading. 

H.  E.  UI11ER - 


I.'iT.  1.  Pierre  Vulligny,  __ 

14  East  44tli  Street,  ” 

ilew  York  City. 

Door  Sir:  m-  .  ' r  ' 

Your  favor  of  tho  14th  ins  ton  t  har.  boon  received. 
V.o  cannot  understand  your  complaint,  ao  n.  Hollander  &  Bon 
of  Bowark,  B.  3.,  and  more  than  twonty  othor  fur  dyors  aro 
using  our  Paraphonylcnodiaralno.  Perhaps  our  ohioping  clerk 
has  cont  you  tho  wrong  stuff.4  PIosbo '  Bond  ue  a  sanrolo-  and 
wo  will  invoBtieato  it.  If  wo  find  it  is  wrong  wo  will  ex¬ 
change  it . 

Youre  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

August  21st.  1916 . 

Stanley  Jordan  &  Company  would  like  to  have 
your  quotationoon  your  best  Iron  by  Hydrogen  and  also 
what  quantity  you  could  offer  them  for  spot. 

H.  S’.  MIUiEB. 


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August  21st.  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Elandreau  of  Seo.  W.  Sutton  &  Company,  a 
Toluol  customer  of  ours,  wishes  to  Enow  what  prioe  you 
oould  quote  them  and  what  quantity  of  Toluol  you  have  on 
hand,  also  how  much  you  oould  furnish  weekly.  They  think 
they  oan  make  a  oontraot  for  100,000  gallons  of  Toluol 
over  the  year.  They  say  that  Toluol  is  quoted  at  $3.00 
per  pound  for  a  year.  Mr*  Meadoworoft  quoted  them  on 
five  drums  of  Toluol  reoently  at  $3.90  with  20^  a  gallon 
commission  to  them.  We  have  about  660  gallons  of  T^uol 
left  in  Silver  lake,- 

H.  E.  MILLER. 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J, 


JyDcu*  to  "M  <£&*M  Ir^cJ*  ourt-ru:, 
t;  dU*  I ZsJnA  C&tt&X  *  tf-tt  <^t 

ATTENTION  OF  MR.  KEL^V.^  ^j-  -  a  -»r  ‘  ..^  H 


5,  £l«»  l/VU^Ot  — -  -r  »■ 

^  ^  VAO^‘‘3U.|c  ,!^l,ri  W>xrrfc>*  V  ^ 

We  have  reoeiva^  a  Jetter'from  our  TokioVoltf  ice,  adyds- 
(^CrMjfutJJja^  X»  nUu  £-t»-  ^C-o-EJtX. 

ing  that  the  first  lot  ofjC^b^li^a^l^knufactnre^ ii^your 

Silver  Lake  Plant, v was  delivered  to  the  Japanes JWavy,  who 
Uht  vj>*XC  ci-<*  Oke.  1s<c.*X  LCr*.  %««-*'•' ' 
aooepted  same  as  fine  quality.  But  the  second  lot  was  found 

to  have  a  slightly  red  color,  and  the  thjard  had  much  more  of 
the  same  color,  and  our  people  are  having  difficulty  in  having 
the  Navy  to  accept  same  as  pure  white  oarbolic  acid. 

As  long  as  the  first  lot  reached  there  with  pure  color, 
we  feel  that  there  must  be  something  wrong  with  the  drums  of 
the  seoond  and  third  lots.  We  take  this  opportunity  to  ask 
you  to  instruct  your  to  be  especially  oareful  a- 

bout  the  packing,  so  that  there  will  not  be  any  more  complaints 
of  this  kind  from  Japan. 

With  kind  personal  regards. 

Yours  very  truly. 

(Enlnra,  GIfjmurala,  ©Ua  attii  Mineral  Prnburta 

99  John  and  11-18  Cliff  Streets 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Aniline  Oil  Division, 
Orange,  H.!J,  '• 

Dear  Sir;-. 

t'  l butt  o 

tMs__A.ll’.,  • 


■  KrfH. 

Referring. to  interview  Had  with  you  .. .  ... 


I  understand  price  for  balance  of  Aniline  Oil  due  on 
oontraot  between  us  including  the  undelivered  Aniline  Oil  I 
you  are  holding  at  this  time  for.  shipping  instructions 
is  to  be  40 4  per  pound,- a  reduction  of  10 /  per  pound  on 
contract  price. 

I  am  grateful  to  you  for  this  concession  and  will 
endeavor  to  give  you  disposition  for  the  Oil  you  are  holding 
within  a  few  days. 

Very  j^spectful^  yours, 




Wra.  Ii.  Meadowcroft, 
Assistant  to  I.Ir.  lid 
Orange , 

i  i/" ,  (s  , 

w  V  4 

Please  see  your  letter  of  August  2nd,  stating  Mr.  E:  id(on 
would  be  in  a  position  to  loaso  two  acid  tanks  which  ho  owns 
personally,  which  are  comparatively  new  cars,  at  which  time  wo 
advised  you  we  had  never  gone  into  the  sub-leasing  of  tank  oars, 
but  would  be  glad  to  assist  you  in  finding  some  one  who  could 
use  this  particular  equipment. 

He  now  have  an  inquiry  from  the  Mid  Continent  Chemical  Company, 
Tulsa,  Okla.  dated  August  17th  stating  they  desire  to  lease  a  few 
thirty  ton  acid  cars  for  the  transportation  of  sulphuric  acid,  but 
as  we  have  no  acid  cars  available  at  this  time,  we  have  advised 
them  we  are  not  in  a  position  to  take  care  of  their  requirements, 
but  stated  to  them  that  one  of  our  patrons  had  two  acid  tanks  which 
were  practically  n ew,  and  which  they  would  possibly  bo  willing  to 
lease,  and  we  would  take  the  matter  up  to  ascortain  if  cars  were 
still  available,  and  on  what  terms  they  could  be  leased. 

We  did  not  advise  tho  iiid  Continent  Chemical  Company  that 
Mr .  Edison  vias  the  party  who  had  tho  cars  to  spare,  as  we  thought 
possibly  he  would  not  care  to  have  this  information  given  to  out- 
sido  parties,  and  if  you  consider  it  advisable,  you  may  comnunicat* 
direct  with  tho  Mid  Continent  Chemical  Company,  or  if  you  desire 
we  will  handle  tho  matter  with  those  people  to  ascertain  on  what 
terms  etc  cars  would  be  leased. 

Yours  truly. 


<DmmssnErsr  iBMflimHHKiMS 


suDiifiran  jML^N<nnnn3STn2iia 

AuguBt  22,  19X6 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  R.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  again  to  the  tjfo  samples  of  Glyoine  Bent  to 
your  Mr.  Meadoworoft  and  tested^out,  we  find  that  our  researoh 
department  have  been  working  out  a  different  product  than  the 

Glycine  Developer. 

We  saw  an  artiole  written  by  a  German  in  regard  to 
Glycine  being  used  in  the  toning  baths.  We  immediately  went  to 
work  to  produce  aome,  and,  aB  we  stated  ili  a  letter  to  you,  we 
could  make  it  in  unlimited  quantities.  This  is  true  as  regards 
the  hind  we  submitted  you,  but  when  it  comes  to  making  it  from 
Hitro  Benzole,  we  will  have  to  pass  it  by.  If  Mr.  Meadoworoft 
will  examine  formula  written  out  on  samples  sent  you,  he  will 
readily  see  from  its  oonBtruotion  that  it  is  not  a  reducing  agent 
in  same  class  as  Metol. 

If  our  products  have  any  merit  in  toning  baths,  we  would 
be  pleased  to  know  the  faot.  Regretting  we  have  caused  you  any 
unnecessary  experimenting  with  Bamples  Bent  you,  we  are 
YourB  truly, 

Oheney  Brothers . 

Stanley  Jordan  &  Company 

Import  and  Export 
116  Broad  Street 

NEW  YORK,  August  22,  1916. 

Messrs,  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

V  \hM 

T'i.  t-- 

urange,  R,'J.  ^  ' 

i:  Att  dnt  i  on^of^  L&  .^T|a^o  waro^-tr. 

V7e  beg  to  aofcnowledge  reoeipt  of  information  over  the 

Iron  By-Hydrogen  for  future  delivery  is  off  interest  to 
us.  Will  you  not  kindly  tell  us  when  you  will  he  in  a  position 
to  deliver  from  the  new  unit  you  are  now  installing  in  your  plant, 
and  what  your  price  would  he  on  a  fair  quantity  on  a  contract? 

Thanking  you  in  anticipation  of  this  information,  we 



Burke  &  James  to 

Photographic  Apparatus  &  Supplies 

August  asnd^ia^i^ 


'  '  urU*!  ^ 

Gentlemen:-  ’  aJ  IUmA  \ 

We  licwe  been  informed  through 
one  of  our  dealer?, that  you  are  now  manufacturing 
a  developer,  called,  "Monometholparamidol  phenol- 
hydrochlorate,  and  as  we  are  interested  in  all  chemicals, 
pertaining  to  photography,  we  would  ask  that  you 
kindly  submit  to  us  your  very  best  prices  for  this 
chemical,  and  .if  possible  favor  us  with  sample 
for  testing  purposes. 

If  the  same  is  found  satisfactory, 
we  will  no  doubt  be  in  a  position  to  favor  you  with 
a  very  large  3hare  of  our  chemical  husiness. 

We  would  also  like  to  have  your  very 
best  prices  in  bulk. 

If  you  have  any  formulas  which  you 
recommend,  with  the  use  of  thi s  developer,  kindly  include 
this  information  as  well. 

Hoping  to  be  favored  with  an  early 


Yours-  very  truly 



I /%LUj' 

Silver  Laics,  II.  J.t 
August  24th,  1916. 


With  your  approval,  we  have  established  the  rule  that 
benzol  should  not  be  used  if  it  shows  that  95$S  does  not  distill  over  with¬ 
in,  1°  C.  or  less.  We  have  so  for  had  little  difficulty  in  getting  ben¬ 

zol  of  the  proper  quality. 

Benzol  delivered  by  the  Milwauicee  Coke  and  Gas  Co.  was 
always  looked  upon  as  being  especially  good  material.  We  have,  however, 
reoeived  these  days  two  oars  from  them  in  succession  which  show  to  oontain 
positively  bad  benzol. 

After  making  numerous  tests  from  benzol  oar  PSX-2601, 

I  would  ask  you  to  kindly  have  a  sample  whioh  I  bring  with  me  tested  in  the 
Laboratory  at  Orange.  Our  tests  range  between  1.7°  C.  and  2.6°  0.  She 
differences  which  we  obtain  in  our  tests  are  obviously  due  to  the  speed  of 
distilling.  All  tests  show  that  about  of  the  benzol  distills  over 
under  normal  conditions,  but  that  after  this  percentage  has  been  distilled 
over  the  temperature  rises.  Shis  seems  to  indicate  that  the  benzol  contains 
fractions  of  heavier  material  whioh  Should  have  been  eliminated  by  more 
carefully  distilling  it  at  the  benzol  plant. 

At  present  we  are  using  a  oar  KSX-654,  reoeived  from 
Woodward,  Alabama,  the  test  showing  0.9°  0. 

The  oar  KSX-511,  which  we  reoeived  previously  from 
Woodward,  Alabama,  showed  1.2°  C.  As  we  were  Bhort  on  benzol,  1  thought 
I  should  try  to  use  this  car,  in  spite  of  the  test  showing  unsatisfactory 
results.  We  experienced,  however,  when  sulphonating  the  benzol,  such 


Hew  York  le  24  aofct  1916. 

l>e  Chef  d' Escadron  COYKdL  LAERADELIE 

Chef  de  la  Mission  dea  Poudres  aux  Etats-Unis 

&  Monsieur  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Monsieur  le  Consul  Gdndral  de  France  A 
mil  YORK. 



Hew  York  Aug.  24th  1916. 

a  :  le  Chef  d'Eeoadron  Coyral  Lapradelie 
Chief  of  tho  Po-'der  Mia  a  ion  in  the  O.S. 
■Do  :  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

o/o  French  Consul,  Hew  York. 

Bear  Sirs- 

Ihe  Frei:ch  Consul  has  informed  mo  of  the  application  of  your 
private  secretary  in  connection  of  the  delivery  of  phenol. 

If  you  have  really  offers  of  this  product  to  submit  to  the 
French  Government,  kindly  send  them  to.  the  following  address  : 
Conmandant  Lapradelie* 

room  411,  25  Broad  street. 

New  York,  N.Y. 

Yours  -truly  j 

august  26th..  1916 

Burke  &  James,  Inc., 

226  Fifth  /.venue. 

Bow  York  City. 

Sent lemon: 

Your  favor  of  the  22nd  instant  in  ref¬ 
erence  to  a  developer  called  "tlonomotholparumido- 
phonol-hyurochlorido"  has  Boon  received.  Y.'e  hog 
to  say  in  reply  that  this  chemical  is  know  as 
Uetol.  I  manufacture  Para  Amido  Phenol  Hydrochlor¬ 
ide  which  is  considered  to  be  a  hotter  dovolopor 
than  notol. 

Ehis  is  sold  through  tho  American  Oil 
&  iupply  Company,  62  lafayotto  Ctroot,  Ilowark, 
ii.  J. 

Yours  very  truly, 

August  26th.  1916, 

Hr.  Edison: 

Hr.  Jones  of  the  American  Oil  A-  Supply  Company  called 
up  on  the  telephone  yesterday  stating  that  he  had  a  customer  for 
all  our  excess  Toluol  and  could  probably  make  a  contract  with  the 
same  oustomer  for  80  gallons  a  day  more  or  less,  from  now  until 
December  31st,  1916,  from  our  Johnstown  Plant . 

A  few  weeks  before  Mr.  Meadoworoft  went  on  his  vacation, 
he  quoted  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company  $3.50  per  gallon  for 
the  spot  Toluol,  and  exoess  quantity  on  contract  over  and  above 
our  contract  with  Du  Pont.  The  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company 
said  that  the  market  on  Toluol  had  gone  down  since  Mr.  Meadow- 
croft  gave  them  the  quotation  and  that  they  would  have  to  get 
the  exoess  Toluol  and  the  80  gallons  a  day  more  or  less  at  a 
price  of  $3.00  per  gallon  to  them,  in  order  to  make  their  com¬ 

I  had  Mr.  Meadoworoft  on  the  telephone  last  night  and 
he  thought  that  inasmuch  as  both  he  and  Hr.  Hoffman  were  trying 
to  sell  this  Toluol  for  sometime  past  that  this  was  a  good  op¬ 
portunity,  even  though  the  price  was  a  little  low  on  the  spot. 

Dp  to  ahd  including  August  24th,  we  have  at  Johnstown 
an  excess  quantity  over  our  contract  with  Du  Pont  of  6,453  gal¬ 
lons,  together  with  the  2,437  gallons  we  have  in  storage  at 
Silver  lake,  makes  a  total  exoess  of  8,890  gallons. 

Mr.  Meadoworoft  said  if  you  wish  to  make  a  contract 
with  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company  for  80  gallons  a  day, 
more  or  less,  he  would,  when  he  came  back  from  his  vacation, 
write  ar, letter  to  the  Amerioan  Oil  &  Supply  Company  holding 
them  to  their  agreement  until  you  came  back  from  your  vacation, 
at  which  time  you  could  sign  the  contract. 

H.  1.  TDXilOCH . 



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Orange,  NJ  Aug  28-1916 
W  ;H .  Me  adowcr  o  f  t 

Lovetts  Field,  South  Portland, Maine 

Mitsui  wants  all  para  we  can  spare  up  to  September 
eighthenth  we  have  none  to  spare  in  August  Mr  Edison 
told  takaki  we  oould  spare  thirty  pounds  a  day  in 

September  Christensen  says  output  in  September  will  be  three  hundred 
fifty  pounds  a  day  how  much  would  you  say  we  can  give 
them  wire  imms diately. 

H  V  Miller. 

When  we  made  our  contract  for  the  present  six 

months  we  had  hoped  to  he  able  to  increase  our  production 
ana  hence  we  increased  the  quantity  of  Oil  over  our  last 
contract.  We  had  two  drums  left  in  stock  when  our  last 
contract  expired  and  th is  has  now  increased  to  six  drums. 
We  thought  we  vo uld  try  to  dispose  of  this  surplus  on  the 
open  market  rather  thai  say  aiything  to  you,  hut  the  en¬ 
closed  letter  will  show  you  that  we  could  not  afford  to 
make  this  sacrifice,  ana  we  will  therefore  ask  you  to  hoia 
up  shipment  for  the  next  five  drums,  as  it  will  he  a 
great  accomodation  to  us. 

Your  kindness  in  this  rnatto  r  will  he  greatly 

Yours  truly. 

Colors,  GHimirala,  ©tla  attft  fHitwral  f  rniutcta 

NEW  YORK  8/28/16 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N. J. 

Dear  Sir;- 

Accept  my  thanks  for  your  favor  of 
the  23rd  confirming  understanding  in  reference  to 
change  in  price  of  Aniline  Oil. 

I  take  this  opportunity  to  advise  you, 
on  two  occasions  I  have  teen  informed  the  American 
Oil  and  Supply  Co.  are  quoting  your  Oil  as  lov;  as 
26 i  per  pound  while  othor  dealers  and  producers  are 
nuoting  from  30  to  40/  per  pound  according  to  quantity 
and  delivery. 

Cannot  you  use  your  good  office  to  have 
the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co.  boost  their  price  so 
as  not  to  further  demorali-.-.e  the  Aniline  Oil  market? 

Will  appreciate  anything  you  might  do  in 
this  direction  for  the  interest  of  all  concerned. 

YoursXery  respectfully, 

4h"an-  29  NT.  Aug  30  733am  count,  underline  one  word  get  answer 

ng  Orange ,NJ  Aug  29-1916 

Loveitts  Field,  South  Portland, Maine, 

Via  Portland, Maine, 

American  oil  -can  sell  '.at  twenty-four  cents  pound 
five  tons  aniline  oil  spot  and  three  tons  per  week  for 
eighteen  weeks  foh  KewYork  drums  extra  wire  answer 
H  F  Miller. 



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H  V  Miller 

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Bdison  Orange 

V9  can  let  Sakaki  have  thirty  pounds  para  dally  in 
September  am  afraid  to  promise  more  Christensen  might  fall  down 
on  output  hut  if  he  fulfills  his  promise  could  let 
Takaki  have  sixty  pounds  daily  would  not  dare  however  to 
make  firm  promise  of  this  larger  quantity 

W  H  Meadoworoft. 

-_-  -4fet//^r/yL 

August  39,  <^/6. 

The  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J.  ^ _ ,.„  .... ,r(.,.c_„^ ... 


we  beg  to  confirm  the  telephone  conversation  had  with 
you  to  the  effeot  that  you  will  furnish  us  with  Paraphenoline 
Diamine,  at  $3.35  per  pound,  at  the  rate  of  from  30  to  60  pounds 

per  day,  from  September  1st  to  18th. 

Our  Japan  oliente  are  interested  in  a  quantity  up  to 
1300  pounds,  for  arrival  ..there,  by  the  middle  of  October.  To  com¬ 
ply  with  their  request,  we  are  obliged  to  ship  the  Btuff  by  paroel- 
post  and  therefore,  we  ask  you  to  kindly  make  the  shipment  in 
small  parcel-post  packages,  weighing  gross,  not  over  13#  per  case.. 
Kindly  mark  the  following  address  on  eaoh  package,  together  with 

remarks  of  oontentss- 




We  shall  pay  the  extra  charges,  such  as  packing  expense, 
postage  and  labor.  Kindly  let  us  know  how  much  such  extra  charges 
will  be  per  poundo 

•If  ?it 'is  impossible  for  you  to  secure.  packag|^'strcmg 

E.  L. 


enough  for  export,  we  will  be  able  to  .furnish  you  with  the  same,, 
Below  we  give  you  mail  schedule  from  New  Yorks- 

September  3nd  September  18th  "EMPRESS  OF  ASIA" 

«  3rd  "  26th  "NERI  IA  RU" 









Our  people  in  Japan  are  in  need  of  the  material  badly 
and  therefore  you  will  kindly  oblige  us  by  Bending  the  material 
by  parcel-rpost,  when  it  is  ready,  from  time  to.  time.and  send  us 
invoice  showing  gross  and  net  weight,  which  we  shall  pay  accord¬ 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  giving  the  above  your 

prompt  attention,  we  are, 

august  30  th.  1916 . 

ISr.  1£.  Kamnorhoff, 

Carbolic  Division, 

Silver  Lako,  H.J. 

Boar  -ir; 

In  regard  to  the  (junction  of  additional  electric  povrar  which 
will  bo  required  on  account  of  your  carbonating  plant  and  tbe  auditions 
in  the  Bonsidine  plant,  &o.,  after  talcing  thic  natter  up  with  Hr.  Edison, 
i5r.  Hudeon  and  various  othor  people,  Hr.  iidieon  aocidod  that  ho  wanted 
to  install  in  your  power  plant  tho  160  Kb  motor  generator  sot  which  Hr. 
Uudeon  has  purchased  for  tho  Brimary  Battery  and  ie  supposed  to  bo  de¬ 
livered  about  tho  let  of  Ootobor.  I  havo  aiecutsood  this  matter  to  some 
extent  with  Hr.  Hudson  and  would  suggoet  that  you  also  toko  the  mattor 
up  with  him  and  arrange  at  oneo  for  ordering  tho  necessary  instruments 
and  switchboard  which  will  bo  ronlrod  for  connecting  this  unit  in 
parollol  with  othor  units.  1  have  also  advicoa  our  oloetricion  that  I 
thought  ho  chouia  purohaso  a  voltage  regulator  which  could  bo  used  in 
cosirioction  with  tho  100  KK  generator  sot  in  tho  boiler  hoime,  bo  that  in 
eaeo  of.  emergohey  or  in  charging  of  heavy  loads  this  engine  o an  bo 
thrown  in  parallol  with  your  present  power  house. 

I  era  also  looking  around  trying  o  find  a  motor  generator  sot 
which  might  be  also  installed  in  your  power  house  if  wo  can  find  just 
what  wo  want. 

lours  vory  truly. 

co.  to  Hr.  E.  E.  Hudson, 

Primary  Battery  Division, 
Silver  lake,  H.  3. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 

.  September  2na.  1916. 

Ur.  kammerhoff:  / 

I  have  received  jour  report  of  august  28th  in  re¬ 
gard  to  the  distillation  of  98$>  Benzol  from  Johnstovm,  together 
with  the  list  of  drums  containing  Benzol  heads,  Soluol  heads 
and  Solvent  Uaphtha.  I  think  I  oan  dispose  of'  the  Benzol 
heads,  loluol  heads  and  Solvont  Uaphtha  right  away,  as  this 
material  can  he  used  by  the  Phonograph  Works,  and  the  storage 
Battery  Company. 

In  order  to  find  out  about  this,  I  would  like  to  have 
tro samplebottlos  of  each.  I  ao  not  mean  a  sample  bottle  from 
oaoh  drum,  but  merely  two  samples  of  Benzol  hoads,  two  of  toluol 
hoads  and  two  of  Solvent  Uaphtha,  making  six  bottles  in  all. 

I  am  going  to  send  these  to  the  Phonograph  Works  and  the  storage 
Battory  Company,  so  that  they  can  tost  them  and  see  which  will 
be  available  for  their  respective  purposes. 


September  2nd*  19X6 

Keith  Car  Company, 

122  South  Michigan  Avenue , 

,  Chicago.,  Ill. 


Your  favor  of  the  21st  ultimo  in  regard  to  the  two 
acid  tank  cars  owned  by  Mr.  Edison  was  received  during  my  ab¬ 
sence  on  vacation . 

Mr.  Edison  was  extremely  busy  and  thought  thot  tho 
matter  had  better  bo  loft  for  ray  attontion  on  ray  return. 

After  our  letter  of  August  second  was  written, one  of 
our  Chemical  Plants  found  use  for  these  two  oars,  temporarily, 
at  least.  When  they  are  through  with  thorn,  we  shall  probably 
want  to  lease  them. 

Mr.  Edison  wiBheB  me  to  thank  you  for  your  courteous 
attention  in  this  matter,  end  also  to  esk  whether,  when  tho 
oars  are  released  we  could  make -some  arrangement  with  you. to 
attend  to  the  leasing  of  them  for  him  on  a  commission  basis.  ’ 
Possibly  he  might  decide  not  to  lease  but  to  sell  them  outright 
when  our  Chemical  Plant  is  through  with  them. 

'  Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Silver  Lake,  N.  J.  Sept.  2,  1916. 

Ur.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

As Blatant  to  Ur.  Ediaoni 

Replying  to  your  inquiry  as  to  the  arrangement  we 
have  made  with  Ur.  Kammerhoff  to  take  care  of  the  33  drums  of  phenol  that 
were  returned  by  the  Heydan  Chemical  Co.  We  have  requested  Ur.  Kammerhoff 
by  letter  on  the  30th  to  redistill  this  lot  and  several  other  lota  that  ho 
now  has  for  our  account  ae  soon  as  possible,  advising  him  at  the  time  that 
we  were  in  a  position  to  moke  prompt  shipments. 

We  found  on  the  31st  that  it  was  necessary  on  account 
of  our  phenol  Department  being  in  trouble  to  advise  ur.  Kammerhoff  to  make 
shipment  of  7750#  for  our  account,  and  that  this  amount  was  to  be  deducted 
from  the  returned  phenol  that  he  is  now  holding  for  rediatillation.  This 
particular  lot  of  33  drunB  As  compared  with  our  records,  in  several  cases 
does  not  check  up  as  to  drum  numbors,  and  we  have  token  this  matter  up  with 
the  Hoyden  Company.  There  is  also  a  considerable  difference  in  the  net  weight 
which  they  claim  they  received  as  compared  with  the  original  shipping  records 
hero.  In  this  case  there  is  a  difference  of  219#,  or  almost  7  lbs.  to  the 

After  I  had  been  here  a  few  days,  I  noticed  the  num¬ 
ber  of  credits  that  you  had  been  extending  customers  on  account  of  short- 
weight  claims.  To  obviate  this  discrepancy  if  possible  I  have  established 
a  system  whereby  the  shipping  clerk  recheck6  all  weights  before  loading,  as 
I  found  that  heretofore  these  containers  wero  filled  by  the  operators  and 
the  weights  in  no  case  wero  rechecked.  I  am  of  the  opinion  that  probably 
you  have  been  shipping  about  as  much  overweight  as  you  have  underweight, 
as  the  incorrect  weighto  we  have  discovered  in  tho  containers  since  thiB 
rechecking  system  wae  started  indicates  this.  In  future  these  conditions 
will  bd  corrected,  and  I  would  like  to  consult  you  as  to  whether  or  not  it 
would  be  possible  to  make  the  teamsterB  of  these  sevorol  companies  sign 
for  weight  as  well  as  for  tho  number  of  packages. 

s'  Manager. 



September  5,1916. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadow croft : 

Shipments  of  Paramidophenol  have  been  coming 
to  us  with  great  uncertainty  and  vastly  short  of  contract  quantities. 
It  is  true  that  we  have  had  frequent  promises  from  the  American 
Oil  &  Supply  Company  that  conditions  would  soon  show  a  decided  improve 
ment  but  we  regret  that  we  are  still  without  the  quantities  of 
Paramidophenol  that  we  need  and  which  we  had  every  reason  to  count 
upon  receiving.  We  would  like  to  get  some  information  from  you 
which  we  could  base  our  plans  on  and  accordingly  took  the  liberty 
today  of  telegraphing  you  as  follows:  : 

"'ll ill  you  please  wire  me  your  frank  views  on  the  Paramidophenol 
situation  We  have  been  very  much  disappointed  in  deliveries 
the  quantity  received  being  only  a  very  small  fraction  of  what 
we  had  counted  on  Situation  very  serious  How  much  can  we 
depend  upon  receiving  from  you  daily." 

Yours  tru 

Mr.  W.H.Meadoworoft, 

%  Thomas  A.  Edison, Inc., 
Orange,  H.J. 



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September  6th.  1916. 

C.  VV.  Markus,  Purchasing  Agent,' 

Eastman  Kodak" Company, 

Eoohester,  H.  Y. 

Have  just;  returned  from  vacation.  Have  visited  Amido  Plant  to 
satisfy  myself  as  to  conditions.  They  have  had  one  hard  problem 
but  I  think  that  has  now  been  solved  and  I  fully  expect  to  make 
regular  daily  shipments  now.  Shipped  about  fifty  pounds  yester¬ 
day  and  will  ship  seventy-five  pounds  today. 



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Manufacturer  or  dealer?  . 

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City  . 

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Aniline.  Oil. 
Aniline  Salt 
Acetanilid  t , 


Para,  Amido  Phenol  base 
Par aphe  nolens  d i amine 


QWffMlM  Sulphate  . 

Para  Amido, Phenol  Hydrochloride ii#t s  \ 

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ParauitaoaftstmUiii  .Hsnznns.fiulphonate  of 

' Aoetyl  Paraphenylenediamine .  Benzene , Sulphonate  of 

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Acetio  Acid 
Sodium  Hydrate 

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give  such  data  as  will  assist  us  to  intelligently  list  your  firm. ) 

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September  7th.  1916. 

Commandant  Lapradolie,  * 

iioom  411, 

26  Broad  Street, 

Hot:  York  city. 

Boar  Sir; 

Your  favor  of  tho  24th  ultimo  to  :;r.  haison  was  re¬ 
ceived  after  ho  had  loft  for  a  short  vacation.  His  roturn  is 
expected  so  otimo  nest  week,  when  your  letter  will  bo'  brought  to 
his  attention. 

jir.  Eaison  is  in  position  to  contract  for  twenty-fivo 
to  fifty  tons  o  month  of  Phenol,  white'  crystals,  molting  point 
39  to  41°C.  JIo  would  bo  prepared  to  contract  for  this  quantity 
either  for  the  remainder  of  the  present  year  or  for  a  longer 
period.  If  you  are  interested,  I  shall  bo  pleased  to  send  you 

If  you  aro  interested  in  pure  loluol,  I  would  say  for 
your  information  that  Mr .  Edison  has  a  moderate  quantity  to  offer. 
It  complies  with  the  ilobel  Specification. 

In •  tlr •  Edison's  absence  I  shall  be  pleased  to  come  over 
and  see  you  if  you  so  desire.- 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Ur.  C.  il.  Op  dyke,  ’  September  7th.  1916, 

woodward  Iron  Company, 

Woodward,  Ala-. 

Pear  C'.anae : 

Eho  price  of  naphthaline  has  hoen  falling  pretty  steadily 
and  the  market  is  vory  weak,  in  fact  a  few  days  ago  there  was  prime 
naphthaline  offerod  at  1$  with  no  takers.  In  view  of  this  it  is  nec¬ 
essary  for  us  to  figure  pretty  closely  on  our  costs  of  production  so 
we  will  know  just  where  we  stand  and  what  price  we  can  afford  to  sell. 

I  wish'  you  would  go  over  this  matter  and  give  me  as  close  an  estimato 
as  possible  on  the  cost  of  making  yo'ir  pure  white,  double  sublimed 
naphthaline  loaded  in  barrels  on  the  cars,  per  pound.  In  doing  this 
I  think  it  advisable  to  discuss  the  matter  with  the  i.oodVT&rd  people 
as  we  feel  inclined  if  possible  to  do  so,  to  close  a  contract  for 
some  six  months  or  a  year  if  possible  at  a  point  somewhat  below  the 
market  if  necessary,  so  that  we  can  fed  assured  of  our  shipments  from 
this  tlmo  on-  he  also  want  to  know  what  you  estimate  you  can  turn  out 
of  tiie  white,  double  sublimed  material. 

Of  course,  this  naphthaline  practically  costs  ub  nothing 
except  the  subliming  charges  and  what  we  pay  the  „oodward  Company. 

I  would  like  you  to  give  me  this  information  as  soon  as  possible. 

Yours  voxy  truly. 

Thomas  A'.  Edison,  Esq. , 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Attention  of  .li ^aciowcrof  t 

Dear  Sir:: 

Referring  to  the  writer's  conversation  on 
the  telephone  with  you  a  few  days  ago,  we  have  sent  nine 
sample  bottles  of  Phenol,  which  represent  the  shipment 
from  your  factory,  which  we  sold  to  the  Japanese  llavy. 

Before  we  enter  into  the  discussion  of  this  matter,  we 
wish  you  would  kindly  analyze  these  samples,  and  find  out 
how  the  Phenol  from  your  Silver  Lake  Plant  showed  such  in¬ 
ferior  quality  upon  its  arrival. in  Japan.  According  to  the 
information  brought  back  by  our  man  from  Japan,  they  have 
found  all  the  drums  in  perfect  condition  there,  and  while 
a  great  deal  of  Phenol  was  in  liquid  form,  there  was  no 
sign  of  leakage  from  the  drums. 

We  imagine  that  there  must  have  been  something 
wrong  with  the  Phenol  itself,  or  there  must  have  been  some 
mistake,  when  it  was  packed  at  your  factory. 

Our  Tokio  people  advised  us  that  the  early 

part  of  your  shipment  arrived  in  fine  condition,  being 
snow-white  and  in  crysrals,  hut  the  later  shipments  be¬ 
gan  to  show  very  much  inferior  quality.  Since  we  are 
having  monthly  shipments  from  you  until  the  end  of  the 
year,  we  wish  you  would  pay  serious  attention  to  this  matte 
immediately,  so  that  all  the  Phenol  going  out  from  your 
factory  from  now  on,  will  reach  Japan  in  perfect  condition. 

Thanking  you  for  your  prompt  attention  to 

this  matter 

Yours  very  truly. 


so7  <5 

/  You  will  be  interested  tcKTearn  that 

iearn  that  aocord- 

ine  'to/the  Woodward  reports  the*  produced  3600  gallons 
of  pure  Toluol  during  the  month  of  August.  This  shows 
ayarerage  of  115  gallons  daily. 

&  ^  f" 

Hew  York,  H.  Y. ,  sept.  9th,  1916. 

le  Chef  de  1  'iSscadron  00YRA1  1APRADELIE 

Chef  de  la  Mission  des  Poudres  aux  Etats-Unis 

To  Mr.  Thomas. 'A.  Edison, 
v  (TRAHSE.  H.  J. 

Hear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  acknowledge  your  favor  of  Sept.  7th 
and  regret  to  inform  you  that  we  are  not  interested 
Phenol  nor  in  Toluol. 


.£•5  !y  " 


1  La  tia . 



^ . 

HcriW'ri  1 

September  11th-  1916. 

Hr.  earner  Paxson,  Superintendent, 

Grand  Central  Palace, 

'  How  York  City. 

hoar  Sir; 

For  :.r.  Edison’s  Exhibit  at  the  comine  national 
Exposition  oi’  Chemical  Industries  ho  will  desire  o  have 
current  for  some  special  lighting.  2his  lighting  will  bo 
contained  in  a  large  frame  which  we  will  provide  and  which 
we  will  have  wired  and  furnished  v.’.th  lamps.  Yhe  lamps  will 
require  400  watts,  bill  you  ,  therefore,  provide  an  outlet 
which  will  give  at  least  this’  current  at  Ur.  Edison’s  space 
#101.  Shis' will  he  on  your  110  volt  line. 

Yours  very  truly,  „ 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 


f Wallisellen ,  11/9/16 
(Zurich)^  - 

Thelaboratory  of 

=  Thomas  A .\  Edison, 

— ji  *  r 

LmJL*  et-WO-w/S 

S1„  ^  r 

J  am  confirming  your  esteemed  favour  of  the  27th  of  April  last, 
for  which  please ,  accept  m^besjt  thanks^  ^  bjj^  lw.  U-*  |/v  tf 

Ref  the  desired  proceeding  concerning  Par aphenylene diamine, J  re\- 
gret  to  say, that  J  cannot  ^rmishjpu ji th ^aqy  ppr|icularo  gput  it^s  J 
have  never  worked  with  it  in  my  practice.  <Ucm ri-  <x-t ZZ&et 

But  J  should  he  very  pleased  if  'you  had  any  interest  for  any  other 
proceedings, indicated  on  my  list  -  J  could  then  gi'v^oir=hny  indications.,) 
about  them  ana  furniBh  you  with  all  thi  necessary  informations, wanted  by 

As  you  are  manufacturings  Phenol  —  it  will  at  any  rate  be  of  a  • 
great  interest  to  you, to  take  up  the  fabrication  of  :  Ordo-nitro-Phenol, 

-  O-Anisiaine-Guaicol. crist. and  to  fabricate, ont  of  the  Guaiool  its  salts, 
which, as  you  know, can  be  sola  in  large  quantities- 

The  fabrication  of  only  a  matter  for  a  firm, dispp being 
over  a  large  capital, as  the  cost  for  the  different  apparatus  only  amount 
to  about  ji  3000. 

J  willingly  shall  furnish  you  with  any  further  information  and  awai¬ 
ting  you  kind  reply  to  my  present  letter, J  remain  dear  Sir, 

Respectfully  Yours 


Fr.  F.  Kuendig 
imical  -  Tachrt 





j  pa  mm*  Address: 

Wallisellen  (Suisse) 

ophona  Nr.  26Pr6parations-pharmaceutiq,ue  s  . 

1.  Acia.  aoetylo  -  salicylic. 

2.  Oreo sot. 

3.  Gua jacolum  orist.  de  Orthoanisidine . 

4.  "  "  *  Bulfonatum. 

5.  Phenacetin. 

6.  Argentum  =  Proteinicum. 

7.  »  "  »  =  Colloidale . 

8.  "  "  "  =  Hucleinicum. 

9.  Atropine  =  sulfat  =  Homatropine  =  hydrobromioum. 

10.  Codein  pur  &  Phosphor! cum. 

11.  Weratrine. 

12.  Aethylmorphine  =  hydrochloricum. 

13.  Diacethylmorphine  =  "  "  *  . 

14.  Stpycjnirf'  pur  &^SaIze. 

15.  Dihthylsulf at . 

16.  Hydrogen  =  supperoxyd  =H202a.  3$. 

17.  Cocain  pur  &  hydrochloricum. 

18.  Phenol  =  carbolic  -  acid,  ae  Benzol. 

19.  Phenolphthalein. 

20.  Chlorethyl  &  Chlormetthyl. 

Naphtaline-d$riv<3  . 

21.  1.5.  HaphtalindiBulfosHure.  1. 

22.  1.8.  Haphtylaminsulf ostture . 

23.  1.7.  Haphtylaminmono  sulf o  siiuro . 

24.  1.5.  Haphtylaminsulf o  sfiure . 




25.  1.6.  Kaphtylaminmonosulfosauro . 

26.  Naphtolmonoeulfosaure .  II.  V?. 

27.  1.5.  Haphtolmonoaulf oafiure .  1. 

28.  1.8. 3. 6.  Amiao  -  naphtoiaiaulfoBfiure.  H. 

29.  1.8. 2. 4.  Amiao  -  naphtoiaisulfos&ure .  S. 

30.  1.3. 6. 8.  ITaphtylamintrisulfoatture . 

31.  1.3.6.  Amiao  -  naphtylamintriaulfoaSuro . 

32.  Chromotrops&ure  -  DioxynaphtalinaisulfoBtture. 

33.  GammaaSure. 



Oetobor  IS,  1916. 

P.  Kuendig, 
Wallisellon,  fhurich) 
Switzerland . 

Dear  Sir 

I  beg- to  you  for  your  favor  of  the 
eleventh  ultimo,  which  will  be  carefully  preserved 
for  my  files.'  '  ' 

•  lot  me  coy,  for  your-  information,  that  I 
do  not  wish  to  take-up  the  manufacture  of  Guaicol, 
as  other  persons  hero  have  started  to  make  it. 

Can  you  find  in  Switzerland  a  dye  which 
was  made,  I  think,  at  Basle.  it  is  called  Brio- 
glaucine.  ’  I  want  to  get  about  60  pounds  ana  would 
pay  £12.00  per  pound  for  it.  If  there  is  none  to 
be  obtained ,  cWJald  you  furnish  me  with  the  process 
for  making  it,  and  if  so,  how  much  would  you  charge 
me  for  such  process. 

Yours  very  truly. 


.L  i:  . 

L^'4  L^li-nCf  c-'-s  « 

'QJc.&S-Jy  3 

-)\.<0~lL.[,  LUl.  . 


W.  /f,tt//Jt'H  f/ym/zr. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  of  Ur.  "■’.  HA_Uead,cyorflft- 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  the  8th 
instant,  we  are  sending  you  today,  nine  sample  bottles 
of  Phenol  which  our  man  brought  baok  from  Japan.  In 
order  to  give  you  an  idea  of  the  difference  between 
your  good  Phenol,  and  this  which  reached  Japan  in  a 
bad  condition,  we  are  sending  a  sample  bottle  which 
you  gave  us  early  last  year.  This  sample  I  had  on 
my  desk  for  a  year,  and  it  was  exposed  to  the  light, 
but  the  nine  bottles  were  always  kept  in  the  dark, 
and  yet  the  color  is  very  bad.  I  remember  that  you 
told  me  sometime  ago  that  the  packing  of  Phenol  must 
be  very  carefully  done,  and  you  stated  that  if  you 
clean  a  drum  and  leave  a  screw  open  for  ten  minutes, 
some  moisture  will  get  in  and  lower  the  meltijig  point 
two  or  three  degrees.  I  believe  the  best  way  is  to 
wait  for  the  return  of  Ur.  Edison,  and  let  him  see 

these  nine  bottles,  and  have  him  . instruct  his  man  to 
analyze  the  same,  and  find  out  where  the  trouble  lies. 

According  to  the  information  from  Japan , 
the  early  shipments  reached  there  in  perfect  condition, 
and  the  Japanese  Navy  people  thought  it  perfect,  «ftd  4^  - 
all  the  later  shipments  reached  there  with  bad  color 
but  our  customer  went  to  the  expense  cf  clearing  the 
color  and  made  Salycilic  Aoid  out  of  it,  and  we  pre¬ 
vented  them  from  making  a  claim.  But  in  the  case  of  our 
sale  to  the  Government,  wf’ca^not  f ight^^T  and  so  we 
had  to  make  a  big  reduction. 

Please  be  advised  that  we  will  negotiate 
with  you  with  the  same  friendly  spirit,  and  trust  that 
you  will  simply  meet  our  views  on  the  basis  of  the  facts. 

P.  S.  One  bottle  marked  A  is  a  sample  which  you  gave  us 
early  last  year. 

Edison ,  Inc . , 
Silver  Lake ,  E. 

V-  ^ 

I  have  made  an  offering  of  forty  thousand 
pounds  of  phenol  at  fifty-four  cents  less  one  per  cent  cash, 
packed  in  five  hundred  or  one  thousand  pound  drums,  drums 
extra,  for  export,  to  Messrs.  Hadjopolous  and  Sperco. 

X  stated  that  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  would 
submit  samples  for  analysis  and  would  give  an  affidavit  that 

goods  packed  were  as  per  sample  submitted. 

Kr.  Hadjopolous  explains  that  the  purpose  of 
taking  samples  is  only  to  show  that  the  sample  comes  up  to  the 
specifications  guaranteed,  in  the  contract,  and  that  he  can  not 
do  business  unless  the  contract  specifies  that  the  phenol 

when  shitJpedy  is  U*S*P* 

He  tells  me. 5 that  Dow  'Chemical  Company  and 
other  concerns  have  no  hesitancy  in  guaranteeing  their  product 
U.S.P.,  and  it  is  necessary  for  him  to  have  that  so  specified 
";in%he  contract  that  he  makes  for  .this  material  is  for  export.  ■ 

>  a hd, the  foreign. credits  require  such  a  guarantee.  I  might  say 
that  the  Monsanto  Chemical  Company  have  made  me  the  same 
guarantee.  ■  ."  .  /  ' 

It  is  npt  my  disposition  to  offer  any 
suggestion  as  to  your  procedure  in  this  matter.  I  am  simply 
giving  you  the  circumstances  as  I  know  them  to  he. 

As  I  have  already  stated,  this  guarantee  only 
applies  to  the  goods  as  packed  and  does  not  cover  the  conditions 
of  goods  after  their  acceptance  and  payment  is  made. 

There  is  a  good  deal  of  export  business  offered 
now  for  phenol  and  as  far  as  I  can  find  out,  it  is  all  done  on 
the  terms  and  conditions- specified  by  Hessrs.  Hadjopolous  and 
Sperco.  If  you  are  willing  to  make  this  offer  on  these  basis, 
will  you  kindly  telephone  me  tomorrow  morning.  Cable  has  been 
sent  on  another  quotation  but  I  have  reason  to  believe  that 
I  can  close  thissbusiness  for  your  account  on  the  terms  offered-: 

Yours nsery  truly,  , - . 

Ixrfklrxpj  KjWtvr — 



September  13th. 1916. 

Mr.  H.  U.  Banister,  Vice  President, 

She  Y.oodward  Iron  Company, 

V.oodward,  Alabama. 

My  dear  Mr.  Banisters 

In  line  with  our  usual  policy  Hr.  iidison  has 
agreed  to  raise  Hr.  Opdylce's  wages  to  £250. 00  per  month 
if  it  is  satisfactory  to  your  Company.  »Ve  fool  that  Mr.  • 
Op dyke  has  handled  the  plant  very  satisfactorily  and  qb 
the  .lOodward  Iron  Company  and  Mr.  iidisori  are  both  paying 
hie  salary  we' want  wo  take  this  matter  up  w i th  you  before 
mentioning  it  to  Mr.  Opdyke.  Please  give  us  your  views 
on  thooubjeet. 

iiith  beet  regards,  I  am, 

:  lours  very  truly. 

.  September  14tli.  1916 

Mr.  Robert  2.  Rosier, 

141  Broadway, 

Ilew  York  City. 

Boar  Mr .  Losier: 

Your  favor  of  the  11th  instant  was  reooivod  after  a  delay 
of  a  day.  It  was  addressed  to  Thomas  A .  Edison,  Inc.,  Silver  lake, 
3.  j.  i  presume  this  was  an  error  on  the  part  of  your  secretary. 

The  ou'ickost  nay  to  reach  me  by  mail  is  to  address  me  not  in  care  of 
Thomas 'A.  Edison,  Inc.,  but  at  the  Laboratory. 

:V  'Uoc  replying  to  your  inquiry  as  to  guarantee  of  U.  S.  P. 
Carbolic  Acid  on  the  quotation  you  have  made  to  Hadjjopoulos  &  Sporco, 
Inc.,  lot  .mo  say  that  Mr.  Edison  is  willing  to  guarantee  that  the 
Phenol  when  put  into  the  containers  is  0.  3.  P. 

let  me  say  for  your  information  that  Carbolic  Acid  is  made 
in  batches,  that  is  to  say  the  still  is  filled  up  with  the  crude 
Carbolic,  the  distillation  is  made  and  the  pure  Carbolic  is  run  from 
the  stills  into  the  containers  in  which  it  is  shipped*  If  te  should 
receive  the  order  for- this  40,000  pounds,  Ur.  Edison  would  have  a 
Hew  i'orfc  analytical  chemist  take  a  sample  from  each  batch  of  Carbolic 
that  i .  run  into  the  containers,  and  these  containers  would  be  marked 
in  the  orescnce  of  the  chemist  and  sealed  up.  The  chemist  would  make 
his  analysis  and  report,  which  we  know  would  show  tho  Carbolic  is 
U.  S.  P.  Mr.  Edison  would  then  check  up  on  this  analysis  ana  would 
then  guarantee  that  the  material  when  shipped  is  U.  S.  P. 

I  would  say  for  your  information  that  Hadjopoulos  &  ;iperco, 
Inc.,  wrote  asking  for  a  quotation  on  this  40,000  pounds  of  Carbolic, 
but  we  wrote  end  stated  ad  you  had  already  uoted  them  on  this  lou  of 
our  Phenol  it  would  not  be  business  courtesy  for  us  to  make  a  direct 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

September  14th .1916. 

Ur.  uilliara  .S’.  Hoffman, 
ei'>  Park  Hotel, 

Mount  Clemons,  Mich. 

My  clear  Mr.  Hofftou: 

I  trust  you  are  enjoying  the  procoi.s  of  being  boil¬ 
ed  up  and  Incidentally  having  some  fun  on  the  golf  links.  It 
you  are  having  as  fine  weather  as  wo  are  getting  hore,  it  is 
ideal,  and  you  and  Mrs.  Hoffman  ought  to  be  enjoying  yourselves 
immensely.  .  • 

Shines  are  going  along  much  as  usual,-  except  that  .  o 
are  makinr  a  little  headway  on  the  rnnido  Hydrochloride..  V.e  are 
nor.  beginning  ,  to  get  it  white,  and  I  think  we  shall  soon  be 
all  to  the  good.  Mr.  Edison  has  been  giving  come  personal  atten¬ 
tion  to  the  Paraphenylene diamine  the  last  two  or  throe  days,  and 
we  are  -cutting  in  some  additional  machinery  by  which  the  s  «uff 
will  bo* refined  and  will  all  come  uniform  in  quality.  The  out¬ 
look  for  laraphenylonediamine  is  vory  good. 

1  am  sending  you  herewith  copy  of  a  letter  which  is  go¬ 
ing  to  your  Kewark  office  today.  I  think  it  will  Givo  you  a 
pleasurable  fooling  especially  as  it  is  voluntary  on  Mr.  i.dlson  s 
part.  The  pleasure  you  will  experience  on  rocoipt  of  this 
letter  is  shared  in  by  mo,  :.nd  X  am  glad  that  he  did  it. 

I  will  aslc  you  to  kindly  give  my  cordial  regards  to 
Mrs.  Hoffman  and  to  accept  a  whole  lot  for  yoursolf . 

Sours  very  truly. 


Ho.  148.  • 

September  15th.  1916. 

lir*  Phelan: 

Herewith  i  hand  you  two  important  documents,  namely,  copjr 
of  letter  of  ;:r.  Edison  to  Amoricon  Oil  Oupply  Company’  under  date 
of  Soptomber  13th,  in  which  ho  agrees  to  reduce  the  contract  price 
of  Phenol  to  the  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company  to  66  l/4  cents  per 
pound  instead  of  72.6  cents  per  pound,  'fhis  change  of  price  is  to 
tike  effect  September  1st,  1916,  so  1  rould  ask  you  to  kindly  have 
credit  issued  for  the  difference  on  any  Phenol  billed  between  ept- 
ombor  1st  and  September  13th. 

Ihe  other  document  is  a  (Sopy  of  a  little  memorandum  of 
agreement  between  I/or •  .Edison  and  itein,  Hirsh  i:  company,  also  reduc¬ 
ing  the  price  of  their  contract  Thenoi  to  66  l/4  eonts  per  pound, 
to  take  offeot  on  doliverfcs  commencing  September  1st,  1916.  Kill 
you  please  also  have  the  proper  credit  issued  in  this  case.  . 

IT.  ...  MKADOb CHOPS. 


United  States  Smelting  Company,  ino. 



NEW  YORK,  Sept .  18,  1916 

rRWfTia#' ij.^die oil ,  tf  fjfjJ  j 

T“w- 1:-  h*«&h  M 

Dear  Sir:  1 

^  gHALlIUH  *fr'  nLA.a*1 

Cl  A/*e>*M*  t.**4*** 

,ve  tf- 

Llidvale ,  Utah,  thallium  chloride.  .,i|ll__you 


please  advise  whether  you  would^ffin^erested 
in  this  material.  If  so,  pleaser-udviae  the 
quantities  you  could  use  and  the  approximate 
price  you  would  pay.  f 

However,  if  you  eannot'use  the 
thallium  chloride,  will  you  please  let  me  know 
whether  you  can  use  the  thallium  in  metallic 
form,  in  which  case  I  would  thank  you  to  let  me 
know  the  approximate  quantities  you  could  use 
ana  price  you  wouia  pay. 

Yours  very_jtru!71 

. acb/gal 

iieptomber  21st. 1916 

United  states  S'molting  Co.  Inc., 

120  Broadway,- 

liovr  York  City. 

Attention  of  a.  y.  y.  Bobertson. 


1  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
18th  instant*  I  do  not  uao  Thallium,  hut  cm 
interested  to  know  the  prico  in  metallic  form,  ^ 
in  quantity,  so  that  X  may  he  in  position  to  con¬ 
sider  its  usovtoimy  experiments  show  its  avail¬ 
ability.  ' 

Yours  very  truly. 

Ur.  Ed  la  on: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  a  cablegram  from  Hr.  Wagner,  Manager 
of  our  London  Offloe,  reeding  aa  follows: 

"Claus  &  Co.  Ltd. ,  Clayton,  Man cheater,  will  take 
twenty  two  thousand  pounds  crystal  oarbolio  aoid  as  per 
sample  submitted  at  price  and  conditions  stated  your 
letter  31st  May,  delivery  six  drums  nine  hundred  pounds 
oaoh  immediately  balance  divided  three  equal  deliveries 
shipped  November  1916,  January  and  March  1917.  po  you 
accept  offer.  Cable  reply,  also  terns  of  payment." 

After  conferring  with  you  I  oabled  Mr.  Y/agner  in  reply 
as  follows: 

"Accept  offer  oarbolio.  can  make  first  delivery  New 
York  one  week.  First  available  steamer  "Bovic"  October 
10th.  payment  by  oredit  opened  in  New  York  or  Satisfac¬ 
tory  guarantee.  Immediate  advice  necessary  to  obtain 
freigit  room." 

Under  date  of  May  31at,  I  sent  Mr.  Y/agner  several 
samples  of  Carbolic  Aoid  and  requested  him  to  visit  the  whole¬ 
sale  drug  trade  and  submit  samples  of  the  Carbolic.  At  that 
time  I  quoted  him  a  prioe  of  60j/  per  lb.,  net,  f.a.B.  Bteamer, 
New  York  City,  with  extra  charge  for  container. 


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''V*  ^  ♦* 

■s.  Thomta  A.  Edison,  Inc., 
Orange ,  Mew  Jersey, 

Kindly  advise  us  whether  it  would  bo  cbnvextient  VY  J 

for  you  to  inoroaso  the  deliveries  of  Phenol  which  you  aV^^  /jt^ 
making  to  us  against  our  contract,  ’.7c  find  that  we  shalV  y 
be  able  to  use,  in  the  near  future,  a  little  more  than  what  - 

we  are  getting,  'V,  f 

'  ^  ^  ,  | o~e^c>  Us-j  -~r  .a 

Very  truly  yours,  j  ^ 


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IA*  ^  €-vV<^ 


Mr.  Meadowcroft, 

c/o  Thos.  A.  Edison, • Inc. » 

Yfest  Orange,  N.  J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft:- 

Am  Bending  you  via  parcel  post,  four  white  rabbit 
skins  which  Mr.  Edison  can  use  in  his  experiments  with  para- 
pheneline  diamine.  The  most  practical  way  to  use  these 
skins  would  he  to  cut  them  in  small  strips. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  remain 

Edison  Laboratory  , 

Mr.  W.  A.  Meadoworoft, 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sirs- 

Through  the  oourteay  of  Mr.  John  0 'Hagan, 
we  have  been  referred  to  you  regarding  various 
chemicals  introduced  at  this  time  by  Mr.  Edison. 

in  view  of  the  connections  that  we  have 
established  in  Buenos  Ayres  and  several  other  Cities 
in  South  America,  we  Would  like  to  know  your  best 
export  prices,  your  specifications,  approximate  con¬ 
ditions  for  delivery, and  samples, so  that  we  can  send 
to  our  different  agents  of  the  following  list  of 
chemicals  that  we  understand  are  being  manufactured 

Phenol  or  crystal  carbolic  acid. 

Tri-Nitro-Toluol , 

Benzol , 

Aniline  oils  for  dyes, 

and  other  chemicals  that  you  may  manufacture. 

We  are  interested  especially  in  the  above  named  chemi 
cals  that  go  into  the  manufacture  of  explosives  and 
would  appreciate  your  early  answer  to  this  matter  as 
we  would* like  to  take  advantage  of  the  next  steamer, 
if  possible,  which  leaves  Monday. 

We  are  , 


September  25th.l916. 

Mr.  Haul  iiadero ,  President, 

Associated  Manufacturers  Export  Co., 

66  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Mr.^Hadoro: , 

X  havo  rocolvod  year  favor  of  the  23rd  instant, . this,  Monday 
morning,  which,  of  course,  does  not  give  mo  time  to  write  and  onable 
you  to  take  advantage  of  the  .steamer  leaving  today. 

It  is  quite  true  that  Hr.  Edison  is  making  Phenol,  Benzol 
and  Aniline  oil.  He  does  not  males  Trinitro  Toluol,  but  he  does  produce 
ioluol  itself,  which  is  used  in  the  manufacture  of  Trinitro  xoluol. 

As  a  matter  of  fact,  we  are  not  at  this  time  in  such  a  posi¬ 
tion  as  to  quote  you  fora  regular  business  with  South  America,  let 
mo  explain. 

In  the  first  place,  -Sir.  Edison  put  up  iill  these  plants  mere¬ 
ly  to  help  out  a  temporary  situation  of  shortage^in  the  United  ^tates . 
In  regardPto  Phenol,  practically  all  6ur  contracts  with  customers  ex¬ 
pire  at  the  bnd  of  this  year.  At  this  present  moment  we  “ 

out  (which  expires  at  the  end  of  'the  month)  to  take  the  remainder  of 
our  entire  production*  Therefore,  we  are  not  in  position  «o  make  a 
positive  quotation  on  Phenol  October  2nd. 

■Vo  could  not  furnish  Trinitro  Toluol,  but  just  at  the  pres¬ 
ent. moment  we  havo  on  hend  about  10,000  gallons  of  Toluolforspo 
sale-  This  is  of  exceeding  fine  quality,  and  complies  with  the  iiobel  . 
Specifications.  Hr.  Edison  would  sell  this  lot  at  ^3.26  g^°n,b t 
drums  included,  F.  A.  S.  How  York.  This  offer  cannot  bo  held  open,  but 
is  subject  to  prior  sale.  .  «  ' 

'  Mr.  Edison  also  has  a  surplus  production  of  about  300  gallons 
of  Toluol  por  month  until  May  1st,  1917,  and  from  May  1st,  1917  to  flo- 
cember.  1917,  hb  could  furnish  approximately  125  gallons  of  Toluol  por 
any.  X  think  ho  wouia.  contract- all  this  at  §8.75  por  gallon.  This 
-  quotation  is  made  subject  to  prior  sale.  \ 

As  to  Benzol,  Mr.  Edison  is  a  producer,  but  he  uses  in'his 
own  manufacturing  all  :that  is  produced  at  kle  plants. .  In  regard-^o 
Aniline  Oil,  Mr.  Edison  only  put  up  his  plant  to  help  out  a_ set xous^_  ^ 
situation,  and  he  does’  not  expect  to  manufacture  Aniline  Oil  after  the 



end  of  uhiB  year,  'flie  present  opot  price  is  so  small  that  Mr.  Edison 
ill  not  moot  it,  hut  what  little  excess  of  Anilino  Oil  ho  malcoo  over 
and  above  our  contracts  he  will  probably  store  and  use  for  other  manu¬ 
facturing  purposes  next  year. 

As  to  terms  of  payment  on  the  quotations  above  made ,  I  bog 
to  say  that  Hr.  Edison  would  require  cash  against  sight  draft  attached 
to  bill  of  lading. 

lours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

..  •?  , 

September  25tli.l916. 

_ ';■■■  ■  A  ’ 


Anniston  Knitting  Mills  Co.,  \V 

Anniston,  Ala.  .*  \ 


Eop lying  to  your  favor  of  tbo  19th  in¬ 
stant  asking  for  contract  price  on  aniline  oil  for 
1917,  v/e  bog  to  say  that  you  can  get  lover  prices 
from  other  manufacturers  than ^ you  could  obtain  from 
us.  It  is  very  probable  that  v,e  shall  not  stay  in 
the  Aniline  business,  as  Mr.  Edison  only  put  up  his 
plant  to  help  out  a  serious  condition  which  eiisted  • 

at  the  time  it  was  put  in  operation.  \ 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

She  Trade  Hows  Service, 

SO  Pino  Street, 

Hen  lork  City. 

Gentlemen:  '  \ 

ihr.  Edison  notea  on  your  roport  of  the  22nfi  instant- 
that  you  Jiave  completed  a  cpeoial  list  of  firms  handling  dyes, 
dye  stuff 8 ,  extracts  arid  colors.  He  wishes  mo  to  ordor  this 
list  from  you.  Rill  you  to  me  and  sena  your 
hill  made  out  against  Thomas  *.  Eaieon. 

i  By-the-way,  referring  to  the  first  item  on  your  liBt  ;<j 

of  September  -22na,  ne  have  a  customer  who  nants  60  pounds  of 
Erioglaucine  aye  at  §12.00  oer  pound.  Con  you  give  us  any  '  $5 

.  information  on  thiB.  ;>] 

lours  very  truly,  ; 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Meadoworoft, 

Referring  to  the  annexed  correBpoi^uenoe  with  the  American 
Oil  and  Supply  Co.,  I  oalled  upon  STr.  Jones  yesterday  and  he  informed 
me  that  praotically  the  only  use  of  para-amido-phenol  hydro-ohloride 
is  as  a  photographio  developer;  that  the  American  Oil  and  Supply  Co. 
sell#  this  material  only  in  the  original  packages  in  which  they  obtain 
ttiea  from  Mr.  Edison,  their-pgia.eig»i  their  principal  customers,  as  I 
understand  it,  being  Gennert,  a  dealer  in  chemicals  including  photo¬ 
graphic  developers, and  the  Eastman  Kodak  Co.  I  asked  him  whether  or 
not  Mr.  Gennert  manufactured  any  photographio  developerB  or  used  this 
material  in  connection  with  such  manufacture.  He  said  "No",  that 
Gennert  simply  disposed  of  it  in  the  same  original  packages  in  which  he 
reoeived  it  and  that  his  principal  customers  were  the  various  motion 
picture  oonoerns;  that  no  instructions  were  given  by  Gennert  as  to  how 
it  should  be  used  and  the  motion  picture  concern  uses  it  in  accordance 
with  whatever  formula  it  cares  to  employ,  thiB  being  up  to  the  chemist 
or  photographer  in  charge;  that  it  isy^requently  used  as  a  substitute 
for  metol;  ^Mr  .  Gennert  does  not  recommend  the  use  of  sodium  hydrate 
in  connection  with  this  material, and  if  we  so  desire  is  willing  to 
recommend  to  pur chase ns that  they  do  not  use  sodium  hydrate. 

Mr.  Jones  also  stated  that  the  only  cases  which  he  had 
heard  of  sodium  hydrate  being  used  is  where  the  bath  after  a  lapse  of 
some  time  became  aoid  and  enough  of  the  hydrate  was  added  to  neutralize 
the  bath,  and  that  an  exoess  was  not  desired  and  was  deleterious  be¬ 
cause  it  produced  some  effect  upon  the  film  which  I  understood  to  be  a 
kind  of  a  waviness  along  the  edge. 

Mr.  Meadoworoft 



While  I  was  in  Mr.  Jones*  Office,  he  oalled  up  Mr.  Gennert 
on  the  telephone  in  order  to  make  certain  that  Mr.  Gennert  was  not 
using  the  material  himself,  that  he  was  selling  it  only  in  the  original 
paokages  and  that  he  was  not  instructing  the  purchaser  to  use  it  in 
connection  with  sodium  hydrate.  Mr.  Jones  told  me  that  Mr.  Gennert  had 
corroborated  these  statements. 

In  view  of  the  fact  that  we  do  not  deal  with  Mr.  Gennert 
ourselves  but  only  with  the  American  Oil  and  Supply  Co.,  it  seems  to 
me  that  we  are  justified  in  aooepting^the^^'^tStem^ts^at  this  time 
and  that  sinoe  para-amido-phenol  hydro-ohloride  a  well  known 
photographic  developer  used  in  formulas  which  do  not  infringe  the 
Thatoher  patent,  we  cannot  at  this  time  be  charged  with  knowingly 
contributing  to  any  infringement  of  said  patent. 

The  rule  of  law  on  this  subject,  whioh  I  believe  to  be  the 
correot  one,  is  set  forth  by  Judge  Cross  in  the  following  language  in 
Rumford  Chemical  Works  vs.  Hygienic,  148  Red.  862  (Affirmed  164  Red. 
66;  215  U.  S.  196): 

"In  order  to  establish  contributory  infringement,  it 
should  be  convincingly  shown  that  a  granular  aoid  phosphate 
manufactured  by  the  defendant  went  into  a  baking  powder,  which 
infringed  the  patent  in  suit,  and  that  the  defendant  manufactured 
and  sold  said  phosphate  knowing,  or  having  reasonable  oause  to 
know,  that  it  was  to  be  used  in  an  infringing  baking  powder." 

I  therefore  submit  forms  for  letters,  one  of  whioh  should  be 
sent  by  me  to  Dyer  &  Taylor  in  reply  to  their  letter  of  September  14, 
1916,  and  the  other  by  yourself  to  the  American  Oil  and  Supply  Co.  in 
reply  to  their  letter  of  September  20th. 




V.  \ 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  acids,  Chemicals 



September  20,  1916. 

Hr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcroft , 

fo  The  Edison  laboratories. 

Orange ,  M .  J . 

Bear  Sir: 

In  accordance  with  the  promise  made 
to  you  by  the  writer,  we  are  enclosing  herewith 
copy  of  letter  addressed  to  G.  Gennert ,  24  East 
13th  Street,  Hew  York,  by  the  law  firm  of  Dyer 
&  Taylor,  with  reference  to  the  sale  of  Para-Amido- 
Phenol  Hydrochloride. 



sept.  14,  1916. 

Thomas  A  Edison,  Inc., 

Orange,  E.  ,T. 


Oar  client,  the  Xathol  Mfg.  Company  Inc.,  this  City, 
ha6  been  advised  that  you  are  manufacturing  pararaidophenol  with 
the  intention  and  purpose  of  its  use  as  a  photographic  developer 
in  connection  with  caustic  soda,  in  infringement  of  letters 
Patent  Ho. 1,168, 011  granted  Oct.  26,1915  under  which  patent  our 
client  is  exclusive  lioensee. 

Specifically  our  client  is  informed  that  you  are  selling 
your  product  to  G.  Gennert  of  this  City  with  the  intent  and  purpose 
that  it  be  sold  by  that  concern  in  infringement  of  the  above 
stated  patent. 

If  our  information  as  to  this  be  correct,  we  are  oblig¬ 
ed  to  call  upon  you  to  discontinue  such  infringement  otherwise 
y/e shall  regretfully  be  compelled  to  institute  suit  against  you 
to  protect  our  client's  rights. 

A  notification  has  been  sent  tc  air.  Gennert  today,  a 
copy  of  vmich  iB  enclosed  for  your  information,  so  that  you  may 
be  made  aware  of  its  oontents. 

Awaiting  your  reply,  we  are. 


very  truly,  ^ - „ _ 




Sept,  14,  1916, 

Q.  Oennort,  Esq.,, 

84  E.  13th  St.,  Hew  York. 

Bear  Sirt-  •• 

Oar  client,  the  Kathol  Mfg.  Oo.Ino.,haB  been  advised 
that  yoa  are  Belling  a  photographic  developer  in  violation  of 
rightB  Beoorad  to  it  by  Letters  Patent  Ho. 1,168, 011  granted 
Oot,  26,1916:^0  Charles  J.  Thatcher  for  photographio  developer 
and  under  which  patent  the  Katliol!  Mfg.  Company  has  an  exclusive 
lioenBe.  Oar  olient'B  information  1b  that  you  are  securing 
orders  for  end  making  sales  of  the  photographio  developer  handl¬ 
ed  by  yoa  by  having  your  salesmen  a  all  upon  dealers  and  users 
oalling  attention  to  the  above  mentioned  patent  and  stating  that 
you  are  in  position  to  sell  a  photographio  developer,  such  as 
represented  by  that  patent, for  ase  in  plaoe  of  Kathol  under  which 
name  oar  oliont  is  selling  the  patented  developer. 

Our  client  has  been  farther  informed  that  your  re¬ 
presentatives  have  actually  sold  Paramidophenol  end  given 
speoifio  instructions  to  add  oaustio  soda  thereto  so  as  to  get 
the  results  seoured  by  the  use  of  Kathol  covered  by  the  afore¬ 
said  patent. 

If  our  information  be  oorreot,  you  are  infringing  the 
above  mentioned  patent  and  under  instructions  from  oar  client. 


G.  Gennert,  Esg,  -£-  Sept.  14,1916. 

we  shall,  unless  you  immediately  discontinue  all  future  in¬ 
fringement  and  within  ten  days  from  date  render  ub  Batisfaotory 
aBBurBnoe  that  you  have  permanently  discontinued  suoh  infringe¬ 
ment,  he  obliged  to  oommenoe  Buit  against  you  for  an  injunction 
and  aooounting  of  profits  end  damages  together  with  the  oostB 
of  the  aotion. 

Youtb  very  truly, 

Soptomber  27th. 1916. 

Hoyden  Chemical  Works, 

136  William  Stroot, 

Ilew  York  City.  . 

Attention  of  Mr.  Sijton. 


■  I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
22nd  instant, -and  regrot  to  say  that  for  the 
present  I  shall  be  unable  to  increase  tho  dolivor- 
ies  of  Phenol  against  your  contract  beyond  the 
1,000  pounds  daily  delivery  we  are  regularly  making. 
Yours  very  truly. 


September  28,  1916. 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratories, 
Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 


We  are  very  much  in  need  of  about  2  lbs.  of  para  aoetphenylene  diamine 
in  one  of  our  laboratories,  and  as  I  noticed  a  sample  on  exhibit  at  the 
ohemioal  show,  I  would  like  to  have  you  furnish  it  to  us,  if  it 
would  be  possible  for  you  to  do  so.  Of  oourse  you  realize  the  nature 
of  our  work  is  purely  for  research  purposes,  and  as  you  have  been  kind 
enough  to  favor  us  before  1  hope  you  will  be  able  to  do  so  again. 

Thanking  you  for  past  favors. 

Yours  truly, 


Purchasing  Agent.  (Qyf^ 


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1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 


Mr.  Thornes  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Neva  Jersey. 
Dear  Sir:- 


Oct.  2,  191Q, 

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-  4  AfV 

We  received  your  letter  of  Sept.  27th  in  regard  ' 

to  CARBOLIC  ACID,  and  heg  to  advise  you  that  we  shall  he 
pleased  to  confer  with  you  in  regard  to  a  contract  over  1917 
whenever  you  are  ready  to  take  up  this  matter. 

Yours  very  truly. 



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Mr.  Thomas  A... Edison, 

/Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Siri- 

/  Kindly  refer  to  your  telegram  of  the 

October  4,  1916 

die,  So'eteefaller  Institute 
lor.  xaedioRl  heeoarch, 

,  66th  street  sal  -:.vonu< 
-Sen.  Yozfc'-Citii..,;  i;  Attenl 

.  Chao.  D.  Snioa 

Beferrinn  to  your  favor  of  tho  B8tfc. 
ultimo,  I  toko  pleasure  in  .informing,  you  that- 
xjo  are  a  one  ins  'to  you  by -oppress  today;  tea 
pounds  pei-s  Ixsotphcmyleueaiewxae  and  tract  it 
will  be  satisfactory  for  your  purpose,  be  will 
bill  this  at  .,.'3.7 fc  per  pound  enu  shall  bo-flau 
‘  to  furbish  farther  supplies  if  you.  desire. 

fours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  . 7 jr.  Jidison. 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft,  Esq. , 

Edison  Laboratories , 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft : - 

I  received  your  favor  (■ 
as  I  can  get  the  data  together, 
you  further. 

For  your  information,  we  are  c 
stalling  at  Utica  three  8,600  k.w.  unitsT^or"®  total  of 
26,600  k.w.  I  believe  the  major  part  of  thiB  will  be 
available  most  of  the  year,  but  I  must  get  from  them 
how  much  they  will  have  to  spare.  We  have  got  the  same 
oondition  at  Cohoes,  with  a  ohanoe  to  install  a  couple 
of  other  units,  which  will  be  in  practically  the  same 
oondition.  However,  as  soon  as  I  get  this  data  togeth¬ 
er,  I  will  communicate  with  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 


October  Tj,  1916 

Mr*  John  Bacon,  Jr.,  ' 

C/o  .Edison  Benzol  Plant,  .  * ' 

Cambria  Steel  Company , 

Johnstown,  ionnsylvania. 

Boar  fir .  Bacon: 

At  l:;.6t  we  .arc  going  to  movo  our  oncosa 
'■Toluol .  I  hr, vo  sold  10,000  gallons.  Of  this'  thoro  is  • 

'  2,000  gallons  at  Silver  Lalro .  you  will  probably  renen- 
:ber'  tho.t  two  or  throe  months  agaoyou  shipped  mo  thirty 
odd  drums  'to  Silver .  Lake  and-  X  havo  twenty  drums  loft ,  so 
that  we  will  call  oh  you  for  about  0*000  gallons. 

At' tho  present .time,  howovoi,  no  want  to  havo 
.  only  one  car-load  shipped  . .  I  do  not  know  exactly  hov; 
much  there  is  in  a  carload,  but  you  can  ship  the  usual, 
quantity  which  goeB  in  a  carload. 

liar sd on  t»5* 

Shoro  delivery,  notifying  Eho  ilitr.o  Pqwdcr  Co.,  Port  , 
Ewon,  u.y. 

..s  wo  havo  to  bo  qai to  particular  about  this, 

I  havo  taken  the  liberty  of  writing  on-  a  blank  bill  of 
lading  just  the  way  your  Bill  of  lading  should  be  made 
out*  I  just  used  any  form  of  bill- of  lading  that  I 
could  get  so  this  is  only  given  to  show  you  just  how 
your  bill  of  lading  should  be  mado  out.  1  believe  you 
always  give  duplicate -bills  of  lading. 

bill  you  please  get  this  'shipmont  off  ad 
uickly  as  possible.  \  ' 

Yours  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

October  6,  1916. 

to.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  are  in  the  market  to  purchase  several 
items  which  you  have  recently  advised  you  were  manufac¬ 
turing.-  as  follows: 

*/£2j/£tefasd4t  _ 


I  *n  \  #J*y&(/t<l<»t/'G$'mae( 

19  |  /  _Qo_tober_9., - -/^Si,- 

J/  A^,  MscrXo— 1 i  ?vu“A.'“l 

_EdleOn,  0^*-M  r  |  |,,-  41  *5*-^, 

iu  M  AA  h  f-  *«•*> 

Dear  Fir:-  l**"  AtU-1 

looking  over  the  two  statements  of  aooount  of 
Woodward  Plant  ooverlng  the  period  of  about  twelve  months  end¬ 
ing  in  July  1st,  1916,  we  find  the  following^figwces^-^  ^ 

Running  Expenses  for  six  months  ?.r  *(  ^ 

up  to  December  1915 . •  • . .  i . .  .j45,36J,81^ 

Running  Expenses  for  six  months 

\  UlK 

Quantity  of  Toluol  for  six  months  ,_v  ,  ’ 

up  to  Deoember  1915, . .  16,336  gals,  ^ 

Quantity  of  Toluol  for  six  months 

from  January  to  June  1916,.  . . .  7?1./? - =i — 

_ _  X  40,841  gal Ba 

Quantity  of  BensoX  for  six  months 
from  January  to  June  1916.  .  .  ./. . . , 

In  short ,o i't oodatffua  about  1 130,000  to  run  the 
plant  for  twelve  months  and  we  got,  during  the  same  period, 
about  40,800  gallons  of  C.  P,  Toluol  and  about  344,000  gallons 


UK  Thomas  A.  Ediaon,  “2~ 


of  Pure  Benzol ,  (During  the  saw  period  we  made  about  $30,000. 
out  of  Kapthaline  and  Solvent  Naptha,  but  I  will  not  count  thin 
here  but  leave  it  out  to  be  applied  for  any  emergency  expense 
whioh  might  come  up  during  the  ooming  year,} 

The  above  means  that  it  will  pay  us  to  oontinue 
to  run  the  plant  if  we  are  sure  to  aell  more  than  8130. 000o 
worth  of  products 

(l)  I  understand  that  you  will  not  require  very  muoh 

of  Benzol  out  of  Woodward  next  year  and  if  eo,  will 
you  authorize  ua  to  sell  the  entire  output  of  Benzol 
between  January  lat  1917  and  December  1st,  19177 
Your  friends,  American  Oil  &  Supply  Company 
advise  me  that  they  think  they  oan  sell  the  next 
year*a  output  of  Benzol  from  Woodward  between  50# 
and  55#  per  gallon  if  we  act  before  the  present  mar¬ 
ket  changes.  Please  let  ua  know  of  your  desire. 

(3)  Ae  to  Toluol,  we  wojild "like  to  dispose  of  next 

year’s  output  non 'and  if.  you  will, kindly  authorize 
ue  to  sell  it  at  any  prloe  above  83.00  per  gallon,  we 
will  immediately  place  this  matter  in  our  broker’s  hands 
giving  him  a  oomml  of  the  difference  be¬ 
tween  $3.00  and  the  pried  he'  obtains  for  ua.  Please  let 

Kindly  study  this  whole  situation  and  let  us  know 
what  you  wish  ue  to  do.  We  remind  you  that  we  have  the  right 
to  take  gas  from  Woodward  Iron  Company  until  July  1st,  1918,  but 
we  believe  it  impossible  to  sell  any  produota  for  1918. 


October  10,  191£r 

Kallinckrodt  Chemical  Worts  limited 
Montreal,  Canada.  ' 

Gentlemen : 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  6th  instant, 

I  beg  to  cay  that  we  make  Sodium  Acetate  and  Acentanilid, 
but  neither  one  of  them  complies  with  the  requirements 
of  the  U.' S.(P. 

As  t°  inr  Iron  By  Hydrogen,  we  make  it  U.S.  P. 
excepting  a  slight  trace  of  sulphur.  Ehis  Iron  iB 
being  furnished  by  me  to  the  Erade  generally,  and  wo 
are  all  sold  up  to  the  extent  of  our  production.  I 
expect,  however,  to  have  an  increased  capacity  in  about 
six  weeks.  ' 

Yours  very  truly, 

October  11,  1916 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co., 

92  William  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Gentlemen :  Attention  Hr.  A.  B.  Jones. 

Eoplying  to  your  favor  of  the  Sth  instant, 
in  regard  to  moisture  content  of  our  Para  Amido  l->honol 
Hydrochloride,  let  me  say  that  iSr.  Baison  informs  me 
that  Just  as  soon  as  our  new  Centrifuge  is  received 
all  this  trouble  will  be’  done  away  with.  Vie  expect 
to  get  this  Centrifuge  within  the  next  two  or  three 
weeks . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 


Trinidad-Tarouba  Oil  Development  Company, 


Trinidad.  B.W.I.  HW  .X^r..P.?.1'.9.'ber..l3.rl9l6 

.  M.H. Hutchison, 

Chief  Engineer  r-v'/  ^  —  ^  >»  >•'  . 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  \jL/  S'  YW^  /S.V  i 

Referring  to  the  subject  of  fluxed  manjak  and  to  thV 
sanqple  which  I  called  to  your  attention  as  a  binder  in  mo  1  d e dU. 
lation,  it  occurs  to  me  that  for  soma  of  your  .purposes  you  may  per¬ 
haps  be  more  particularly  interested  in  a  very  dry  powdered  forts  of 
this  natural  hydro-carbon,  of  which  I  enclose  a  small  sample  for 
your  inspection.  I  shall  be  very  glad  to  hear  what  you  think  of 
it.  It  is  altogether  likely  that  you  will  find  our  product  ad¬ 
mirably  suited  for  the  manufacture  of  phonograph  records. 

The  electrical  and  chemical  resistance  of  this  substance 

is  unusually  great.  Its  specific  gravity  has  been  established  at 
1.125,  ike  softening  point  at  383  degrees  E. ,  and  the  melting  point 

October  14.  rf#/  6. 

«,  Inc., 

Attention  of  Mr.  W, 


We  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  cf  your  favor 
of  October  11th  and  note  with  great  pleasure  that  you  are  willing 
to  take  all  the  Benzol  from  Woodward  Plant  for  the  year  1917  at 
the  prioe  of  55£  par  gallon  for  the  first  six  months,  and  50£  per 
gallon  for  the  last  six  months,  and  we  hereby  beg  to  agree  that 
we  will  sell  you  all  the  Benzol  from  the  said  plant  at  the  above 
mentioned  prices  whioh  are  f.o.b.  Silver  Lake,  N.  JY,  same  as  our 
oontraot  covering  up  to  the  end  of  this  year. 

Thinking  that  there  might  be  a  little  confusion 
how  to  determine  the  total  quantity  for  the  first  six  months,  we 
propose  that  you  pay  us  55£  on  all  the  Benzol  shipped  from  Woodward 
Plant  on  or  before  June  30,  1917,  and  50£  for  all  the  shipments 
made  between  July  1st  and  December  31st,  1917. 

Please  consider  that  this  letter  of  ours  takee  the 
plaoe  of  the  contract  for  the  above. 

We  take  this  opportunity  to  thank  you  sincerely 

*%n  ■  ■ 

r  ■ 

■Thomas  A.  Edison,  -2- 

for  your  kind  deolalon  which  relievos  ua  entirely  of  the  worry 
and  trouble  In  aelllng  all  the  Benzol  from  Woodward  for  the  coming 
year.  We  further  appreciate  the  very  fair  prloe  you  have  given 
ua  and  aaaure  you  that  we  cannot  wlah  any  better  than  what  you 
have  kindly  agreed. 

Aa  to  Toluol,  we  understand  from  your  letter  that 
you  authorize  pa  to  aell  at  any  price  above  $1.75  per  gallon,  and 
we  are  going  to  employ  a  broker  with  the  understanding  that  the 
net  price  we  must  get  is  $3.00  per  gallon  and  that  anything  he 
obtaina  above  $3.00,  we  and  he  will  divide  half  and  half. 

Thanking  you  again  for  your  kind  aasi stance  in 
agreeing  to  take  all  the  Benzol  for  the  year  1917  whioh  places 
the  aocount  of  the  Woodward  Plant  in  an  absolute  safe  position, 
and  with  kindest  regards. 

Yours  very  truly. 

ST  :VC 

^tattleg  tt 

(Unions,  (Eljmtcals,  Oils  anb  HJutpral  proiutda 

>  11-18  Cliff  Stkeets 



Ur.  'i'homas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  dear  Ur.  Edison; - 

Have  your  favor  of  the  13th  and  wish  to  apologize 
for  failure,  ere  this,  to  communicate  with  you  respecting 
deferred  shipments  of  Aniline  Oil  against  my  contract  due 
to  my  being  absent  from  this  city  considerably  late  acu¬ 
pressure  of  accumulated  business  requiring  my  attention  upon 
my  return. 

I  am  more  than  mindful  of  the  friendly  disposition 
you  have  shown  towards  me  on  more  than  one  occasion,  the 
last  in  connection  with  reducing  your  contract  price. 

I  have  been  doing  everything  within  my  power  to 
arrange  with  customers  to  accept  delivery  of  Aniline  Oil  against 
pnntractfe  I  have  v/ith  them*  "but  on  account  of  falling  off  in 

deSant  and^eclinl  in. price,  naturally  customers  have  fought 

hard  against  accepting  deliveries  until  finally  I  ha\e  insisrea 
uwon  Stein  Hirsh  &  Co:  talcing  10  drums  due  them  this  month, 

ly  consent  to  same. 

Accordingly,  I  would  thank  you  please  to  get  ready  and 
ship  to  them  as  heretofore,  10  drums  of  Ani“"e  °i1f??^Jnw111 
give  you  shipping  instructions  in  a  day  or  two  xor  fifteen 
or  eighteen  drum!  more  to  come  here  and  will  follow  these 
instructions  with  more  as  soon  as  possible. 

Hope  to  see  you  tomorrow  for  a  short  chat  as  per 
my  phone  talk  with  your  Mr.  Meadowcr oft  this  P.M. 


October  17,  1916. 

Ur,  Stanley  Doggett, 

99  John  Street, 

Hew  York  City,  H.Y.  * 

Dear  Mr.  Doggett: 

Ur.  Meaaoweroft  has  hanaea  me  your 
favor  of  the  16th  instant ,  ana  has  also  given  me 
the  eubstanco  of  the  talk  you  haa  with  him  this  morn¬ 
ing.  I  appreciate  the  difficulties  you  have  been 
up  against,  but  am  glaa  to  learn  that  you  are  now 
beginning  to  move  the  Aniline  Oil. 

Your  request  to  ship  ten  arums  to  Stoin, 
Hirsh. &  Company  is  notea.  Ehb  aate  of  shipment  is 
not  given  in  your  letter,  but  Mr,  Meadowcroft  says 
you  told  him  to  ship  October  20th,  so  we  will  make 
shipment  that  day  of  those  ton  drums. 

I  am  much  pleased  to  learn  that  you  osyaoot 
to  give  shipping  instructions  for  fifteen  to  eighteen 
drums  more  within  a.  few  flays.  Shis  will  relieve  somo 
of  the  congestion  at  Silver  lake. 

Yours  very  truly, 


American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  acids,  Chemicals 
and  Dyestuffs 

OFFICTE!  jNew  York  City 

V  / 

^  C/W  October  18,  1916. 

.  H.  l.Ioadowcroft , 

Edison  laboratories , 

Orange,  U.  d. 

r.  He ad owe ro ft : 

In  quoting  Eara-Amido -Phenol  Hydro- 
ohloride  for  export,  it  is  necessary  in  response 
to  each  inquiry  to  stato  the  percentage  of  Para- 
Amido-Phenol  in  the  material  we  are  offering. 

V/e  would  like  to  have,  if  possible,  an  analysis 
of  the  Para -Ami do -Phe no 1  Hydrochloride,  stating 
the  percentage  of  Para.  If  you  can  get  this 
for  me,  it  will  be  greatly  appreciated. 

you  will  recall  that  v/e  have  had  up  the 
subiect  of  packing  Para-^mido-Phenol.  Our  custo¬ 
mers  are  complaining  that  tho  material  is  expen¬ 
sive  and  being  packed  in  wooden  boxes,  in 
Quantities,  part  of  it  gets  away  from  them.  They 
havo  asked  that  we  have  it  packed  in  five  pound 
paraffined  paper  bags,  and  if  possible,  we  would 
like  to  comply  with  their  request,  for  it  is  an 
important  item,  and  we  suppose  that  our  customers 
1  have  the  right  of  dictating  how  they  should  receive 
\  the  products  they  purchase. 

V.’ill  you  please  let  me  know  as  soon  as 
possible  whether  this  packing  is  feasible,  and ii 
not,  what  sort  of  packing  you  <■•”»  ""T,T'n  w  *hnT' 
safely  carry  this  article. 

/it",  fktak 

3  CrtcLcxs'o  ICtcjc, 




supply  that  would 
Yours  very  truly, 





,  92  WILLIAM  STREET  • 

oFiicK!  New  York  City 

"  "k  ^  ’ 

ibj  “*■«».  tree 

yi  Edison  Laboratories,  .  j  ,q£*v«^ 

Orange,  H.  J.  jj  , 

Dear  Ur.  Ileadowcroft: 

We  are  again  in  considerable  inq«irgpn**ft*^ 
Benzidine,  and  we  have  several  niJl^fefers  dffere^jJ? 
to  us,  provided  we  can  make  shipmer^nj^rioer. 

We  have  hesitated  to  take  on  this  ffiness^^  / 

Will  you  please  advise  whether  you  think 
that  we  would  be  safe  in  accepting  orders  for  de¬ 
livery  at  that  time,  and  if  not,  when  do  you  think 
shipments  will  commence. 

A T.niiR t n AH  OlLoS:  SUPPLY  CO. 


lip.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Dear  Sirs-  _ _ 

As  a  record  for  your  files,  I  have  attached  here  an  approximate 
estimate  of  tho  cost  for  producing  the  Amidophenol  Hydrochloride  for  the 
past  week.  Chase  figures  will  not  vary  over  1  to  $  as  compared  with  the 
actual  cost,  and  I  am  sending  you  this  report  as  the  cost  for  making  this 
Hydrochloride  under  the  present  operating  conditions  is  so  expensive  that 
ray  idea  was  that  in  calling  this  to  your  attention  there  might  ho  some 
emergency  corrections  that  you  could  make  that  would  bring  these  figures 
down  to  a  reasonable  basis.  I  have  talked  a  number  of  times  to  Hr. 
Christensen  of  the  necessity  of  holding  this  expense  down  where  it  is  at 
all  possible  but  his  contention  has  been  that  the  operation  as  yet  is  still 
in  the  experimental  stage  and  that  until  such  a  time  as  it  is  standardized 
cur  expense  here  will  be  greater  than  hereafter.  V/e  have  constructed  an 
industrial  railroad  to  handle  the  raw  materials  from  the  Erie  siding  to 
help  the  cost  of  handling  the  raw  materials  as  much  as  possible  and  we  have 
changes  under  way  that  will  also  help  cut  later  on.  At  the  same  time,  as 
compared  with  the  aggregate,  this  is  a  s^ll  item  and  although  my  understand¬ 
ing  is  that  there  are  proposed  changes  now  under  way  which  will  reduce  this 
cost  materially,  I  have  been  hoping  from  day  to  day  to  see  some  of  the„e 
changes  go  into  effect  to  help  the  sheaving  in  this  division.  Ho  doubt  you 
have  this  matter  under  close  observation  but  however  I  took  it  for  granted 
that  these  figures  attached  here  would  be  a  guide  to  you  as  they  may  be  a 
help  in  your  calculations  for  future  operations. 


Keith  Cm  Compact 



Oot.  19th,  1916. 

_  ars  sarraaKi-jasirJS: 

„  2  =a»“-SSwS£,^S. 

billty  the  rental  rates  Will  « ■*“£/«“  “*£ '£%  22  on  oare'to  he 
as  vie  are  being  importuned  by  various  ] part  ^  now  Bnd  July  lBtf  1917, 

delivered  under  lease  oontraetaatanyihtwe  $46.00  per  month 

and  while  we  have  not  rented  any  leases,  prices  as  high  as 

S5»3S  SoKetSd.  and  have  been  accepted  by  some  of  the 
other  car  companies. 

v.  «  ssr'Sa’L11 -  jt ~ ts“ 

all  oontraots  entered  half  of  next  year,  we  are  chocking 

to  get  any  new  equipment  *efor ■  oailing  the  attention  of  our  friends 

up  all  of  our  unexpired  00^5a°f:“the  extent  of  giving  us  their  business 
whom  we  expect  to  remain  with  us  tetter  baBis  than  others,  to  the 

when  we  can  take  care  of  them  on  the  same 
conditions  existing. 

K  you  are  unable  to  decide  at  this  time,  «£“,*£** 

fectly  satisfactory  to  us ,  but  we  do  Soliger  than  a  few  days,  as 

SB  XSX'ZZZ  will  mean8 still  higher  prices  of  cars  and  consequent¬ 
ly  increase  the  rental  rates. 

Assuring  you  of  our  desire  to  cooperate  with  you,  we  are. 

October  20th,  1916. 

Ur.  neadowcroft: 

X  cm  iu  receipt  of  your  Memorandum  indicating  that 
you  ere  in  a  position  to  supply  Carbolic,  Aniline  Oil  and. 
paraphenylenedioraino  for  export  shipment. 

I  have  particulars  regarding  Carbolic  Acid,  but  I 
shall  bo  pleased  to  have  you  advise  mo  ea  to  the  present  prices 
of  Aniline  Oil' and  Paruphenylenediamino ,  together  with  infor¬ 
mation  regarding  the  meaner  in  v;hich  theoo  chemicals  are  packed 
also  whether  a  charge  is  Bade  for  packing. 

Ootobor  23,  1916. 

jf  ~  ' 

/■'  Mr.  Walter  Stevena: 

Beplying  to  your  memorandum  of 
the  20th  inst.  in  which  you  asked  me  to  advise  you 
as  to  the  present  prioes  of  Aniline  Oil  and  Para 

At  the  present  time  we  have  only 
a  limited  quantity  of  Aniline  Oil  to  dispose  of,  and 
as  Iffl r.  2dison  does  not  expect  to  manufacture  this 
material  next  year,  we  shall  have  only  about  5  or  10 
tons  to  offer  for  3ale.  Aniline  Oil  is  put  up  in 
steel  drums  containing  about  900  lbs.  each.  There  is 
an  extra  charge  for  the  drums,  amounting  to  §10.00  each, 
but  there  is  no  charge  made  for  packing.  At  the 
present  time  Mr.  Edison  is  willing  to  dispose  of  5 
or  10  tons  of  Aniline  Oil  at  26-1/2  cents  per  pound, 
f.a.s.  New  York. 

AS  to  Para  Phenylene diamine ,  we 
put  it  up  in  cons  containing  5,  10,  25,  50  and  100  • 
pounds  respectively  For  export  these  can3  are  packed 
in  substantial  boxes,  and  there  is  no  charge  for  package 
or  packing.  The  price  of  Para  Phenylonediamine  is  aB 
follows : 

§4.00  per  lb.  up  to  200  lbs. 

3.75  "  "  200  to  500  lbs. 

3.50  "  "  600  to  1000  lbs. 

3.25  "  "  in  lots  of  1000  lbs.  and  over. 

At  the  present  time  we  do  not  want 
to  offer  the  Para  Phenyl enediamine  in  England  and  Prance, 
as  we  have  a  customer  who  takes  very  large  quantities 
from  us  and  has  built  up  a  business  in  England  and  Prance 
on  our  Para  Phenylen edi amine . 


IY.H.  lieadoworoft . 

October  20,-  19X6. 

Mr.  B.  D.  Woodward. 

4i  West  64th  Street , 

Hew  York  City,  H.Y. 

Dear  Sir:-  ' 

Defer ring  to  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant, 
to  Hr.  Hutchison,  we  beg  to  say  that  this  was  handed  to 
Hr.  Edison  together  with  the  small  saraplo  of  fluxea 
man38k.  Mr.  Edison  wishos  me  to  say  in  regard  to  this 
that  in  order  to  try  experiments  to  see  whether  we  can 
use  it,  he  ought  to  have  at  least  100  pounds.  If  you 
send  this-,  will  you  kindly  have  it  addressed  tome, 
also  notifying  me  by  letter  of  its  shipment,  and  1  will 
bring  it  to  Mr.  Edison's  personal  attention.  He  wishes 
S  to  ask  the  price  per  pound,. 3?.  0.  B..  Oran~o,  H.J. 

'  Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 



(Snlors,  QHjmirala,  ©tla  anil  Mineral  JjJrnimrta 

09  John  and  11-18  Cliff  Streets  spsciai,  o 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^sq. 

Orange,  N.J  , 

Dear  Sir; 

Have  yours  of  the  17th  and  it  is  ali  right  to  make 
shipment  to  Stein  Hirsh  &  Co .  on  the  date  mentioned. 

^  In  keeping  with  phone  order  to  your  Ur .  Tuck, 

ship  11  drums  consigned  to  my  order  here  to  arrive  the  28t) 

understand  from  Ur.  ^eadoweroft  you  had  offered  some  01 
/out  at  25/  per  pound,  to  relieve  stock  congestion. 

■  ‘  Can  you  offer  any  through  me  at  that  figure?  Believe 

I  can  move  five  or  ten  tons  at  24  or  25/. 

A  Yours  very ^respectfully. 

O'  M 

fl0.  J  ccCcL  t*.c  dcJ) 
ol  S  t&A  ^  ^  k 



Manufacturing  Processes  Devised 

and  Improved . 

Inventions  Developed. 

A.  JANNY,  Ph.  D. 



Chemical  Products,  Raw  Materials, 
Intermediary  and  Waste  Products 
Examined  and  Reported  On. 


21,  1910.. 

Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison 

Orange,  N.  J . 

Dear  Sir: 

I  noticed  your  exhibit  at .the  Chemical  exposition  in  Grand 
Central  Palace.  A  firm  interested  in  the  manufacture  of  Direct 
Cotton  Colors  having  charged  me  with  finding  out  about  the  supply 
of  raw  materials  X  would  ask  whether  you  are  ready  for  contracting 
the  delivery  of  Benzidine  (Basis  or  Sulfate)  and  the  price  you 
waould  charge  for  same.  If  you  would  send  me  a  small  sample  for 
ascertaining  the  quality  of  your  product  it  would  probably  facil¬ 

itate  an  understanding. 

Awaiting  your  early  reply,  I 

Yours  very  truly 

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American  Qil  S  Supply  Co., 

.  92  William  Street, 

Hew  York  City,  H.Y.  •  • 

Gentlemen:  Attention  ar.  A«  E.  Jones. 

i  Your  favor  of  the-  loth  instant,  in  regard 

to  36ns;idine  v;as  received  and  shown  to  Hr..  Edison.  Ho 
wishes  me  to  tell  you  that  he  is  working  on  the  Benzi¬ 
dine  himself  as  the  other  parties  failed  to  make  the 
process  work.  He  is- at  it  from  eight  o'clock  in 
the  morning  until  midnight,  and  hqES  to  have  his  plant 
in  operation  at  the  latter  end  of  Bovember,  if  he  can 
get  the  necessary  apparatus.  He  feels  very  confident 
that  he  can  get  such  apparatus.  , 

-  4  Yours  very  truly. 

A-ssistant  to  l.!r.  Edison. 

October  23,  1915 

Messrs.  3.  B.  Badger  &  ions  Oo. , 
*' 63-78  Pitts  it.. 

Bouton,  Mass. 


Xour  letter  dated  October  18th  by  Hr.  Carswell  for 
attention  of  Hr.  b.  a.  endow  croft,  Assistant  to  ar.  adlson, 
has  boon  roforrod  to  the  writer  for  a ttontlon. 

Oar  Hr.  s-illor  has  turned  over  to  mo  your  statement 
dated  July  18,  1916,  togothor  with  tho  bills  listed  below: 


Hay  1,1915 
Bay  4,1918 
May  29,1918 
.Tuna  9,1915 

Juno  19,1915 
.TUly  14,1918 
July  23,1910 
Jan.  25,1916 
Jon.  26,1916 
Credit  Homo. 
Aug.  19,1915 

Credit  Homo. 
Jan.  19,1916 


Your  Bo.  Hxnianation  of  bill 

72204  2  Sxtonalon  She  rrnorao  tors  §  90.00 

74094  Otillu,  fariks,  eto.  8,635.00 

76799  Freight  on  1  oar  of  Iron  iitilla  50.40 

78767  itoilrr;nd  fares  and  expenses, 

also  labor  78.89 

77442  hobor,  railroud  faros  and  expenses  96.78 

78330  1  Iron  Cooler  290.00 

78329  Sight  Olnssoa  for  f-henol  utill .  72.00 

71871  Hnginoorlng  aorvioos  and  expenses  ‘  204.40 

85763  '  "  "  "  "  112.45 

Credit  for  extra  express  on  1  oaso 

marked  Hew  fork  1.75 

(  Allowance  per  letter  of  Jan. 
i  Lase  allowance  per  Hr.  tiaeo: 
i  lottar  of  fob.  19,1916 
(  Hot  amount  of  credit 




Pleaso  atnto  in  oonneotion  with  these  bills  and  orodits 
our  ordor  numbers  covering  the  work,  or  give  us  a  memorandum  of  any 
authority  in  some  other  form  which  may  have  boon  sent  you  to  eovor 
this  work. 

Inasmuch  aa  your  work  ms  done  for  several  of  Mr. 
aaison’ s  Interests,  the  aooountlng  for  which  is  handled 
separately,  wo  should  llko  to  ask  that  you  kindly  give  ue  a 
statement  of  your  authority  for  the  work  dono  for  each  limit, 
tho  amount  of  contract,  tho  amount  which  has  boon  paid  on 
account  and  tho  balance  duo.  In  this  connection  ploaoo  hoar 
in  mind  that  Ur.  Edison  has  two  plants  at  ailvor  hsko,  11.  1. 
manufacturing  (Jarbolio  Acid,  one  known  ns  tho  ildleon  uurbollo 
Aoid  Division  of  Thomas  A.  lidioon,  Inoorporatod  and  tho  othor 
known  as  tho  ihonol  Plant  of  Thomas  A.  ddison.  If  possiblo, 
ploaoo  distinguish  between  those  two,  either  by  3tatlng  thoir 
location,  or  by  authorities  roooivad. 

If  you  will  kindly  holp  us  out  in  this  oonnootlon 
as  otatod  abovo,  v/o  shall  bo  glad  to  go  into  this  matter 
thoroughly  at  onoo,  and  endeavor  to  straighten  out  tho  aooount 

Thanking  you  for  your  attention,  I  am, 

Yours  vary  truly, 



and  Mr.  Uoadoworof t. 

October '24,1216. 

Hr.  Stanley  Doggett,  . 

99  John  St.,  New  York  City, 

Hew  York. 

Dear  Ur.  Doggett: 

■Rfi-ferrine  to  the  latter  part  of  your 

of  th.  s ».y  2*i»r  if  «£““* 

ys  ss.t*is 

S?;»o  of.  lltfS^LtS.  I  «U1  ««.  J°»  »»  omorteHty. 

Yours  very  truly,  . 

October  24,1916. 

Keith  Oar  Company, 

122  South  Michigan  Ave . , 

Chicago,  Ill* 

Gentlemen:  Attention  Ur.  0.  S.  Koith 

your  favor  of  the  19th  instant,  :tn  regard 
to  Contract  Ko.  15.2,  covering  two  K.  I.  X.  enrB  661 
and  664;  has  been  received  and  shown  to,  Mr.  Edison. 

He  wishes  me  to  say  that  he  will  take  advantage  of  the 
present  rental  rates,  and  will  thorefor  rent  these 
two  cars  for  another  year. 

If  you  will  send  on  the  contract,  we  will 
have  it  executed  by  him. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

October  24,1916. 

Mr.  Alex  ffrauat,  Jr., 

161  Eorth  6th  Street, 
ilewark,  it.  J . 

Bear  Sirs  ■  . 

lour  favor  of  the  21st  iaot&t  has  boon  roeoived. 
Mr.  .Edison  wishes  us  to  say  in  reply  that  ho  aoos  not 
wish  to  GO ' any  further  in  the'  manufacture  of  other,  chem¬ 
icals  at  tills  ‘time,  and  therefore  would  not  he  interested 
in  your  offer. 

.  .  ■  Yours  very,  truly. 

Edison  laboratory. 

We  have  been  manufacturing,  at  our  plant  at 
Waverly,  N.J.,  Aniline  oolors  for  sometime.  We  are 
interested  in  -  ACID  CARBOLIC  CRYSTALS.  Will  you 
kindly  advise  us  your  very  best  price  for  spot  shipment, 
in  lots  of  300  to  350  lbs? 

Also  -  your  oontraot  price  for  weekly  shipments 
of  300  to  350  lbs.,  for  a  period  of  three  to  six  months. 

Thanking  you,  we  are. 

Very  truly  yourB, 

/October  25,1916 . 

2tr*  A.  Jenny,' 

.25  Eronkfort  Street, 

Hew  YorE,  H.Y.  . 

Door 'six  '  • 

replying  to  your  favor  of  the  21st  inst., 
wo  would  aa.y  that  while  wo*  are  preparing  to  manufacture 
Benzidine,  wo  would  not  bo  ready  for  several  weeks  to 
mako  dolivories.  Vie  cannot  quote  you  prices  as  we  hove 
contracted  our  entire  production  to  the  Amor icon  Oil 
&  Supply  Oo.,  52  Bafayotto  St,,  llowark,  II.  J.  ,  ana ’we 
would  refer  you  to^thor.i  for  quotation. 

.  Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

N  • 

Phenol  16  discolored  by  a  number  of  egonoies. 
Par  lose  of  impurity  than  eon  bo  dotaotod  by  any  chemical 
means  known  is  euffiolent  to  aisoolor  a  large  quantity  of 
Phenol.  Care  must  be  exercised  in  regard  to  the  examina¬ 
tion  of  ohemiolao  used,  mo tall io  contamination  during  manu¬ 
facture,  ana  the  preservation  of  the  Phenol  after  manufactured. 

•if  „„„  of  invoatigation  in  the  Laboratory, 

it  con  bo  elated  that  the  oauoos  of  discoloration  are: 

(1)  Oxides  of  nitrogen.  SheBe  impart  an  immediate 
yollow  or  reddieh  -  brown  color  to  Phenol.  Che  oxides  ore 
liberated  if  nitratoB  or  nitrites  are  present  as  impuritioe 
in  the  acid  or  alkali  used.  ttheBe  should  be  examined  and 
be  of  teetea  purity.  Che  lower  oxide  of  nitrogen  formed 
from  nitrites  are  particularly  bad. 

She  yoloration  imparted  by  oxides  of  nitrogen  is 
immediate.  Che  coloration  of  Phenol  upon  exposure  to  the 
air  may  be  due  in  part  to  the  presence  of  the  minnte  traces 
of  nitrous  aoid  always  present  in  air;  Phenol  well  and  care¬ 
fully  prepared,  however,  resists  discoloration,  ^therefore 
Boeme  mare  probable  that  the  gradual  discoloration  of  Phenol 
in  containers,  whether  oxpoeed  to  air  or  not,  ie  due  to  met¬ 
allic  contamination,  of  which  more  will  be  said  later. 

When  Phenol  has  once  been  discolored,  there  ie  no 
simple  method  of  color  removal  such  as  precipitation  end 
filtration,  etc . ,  because  we  are  not  dealing  with  an  aqueous 
solution.  Cho  simplest,  end  practically  the  only  method  of 
purification,  ie  to  resort  to  distillation.  A  single  distilla¬ 
tion  suffices  if  the  contamination  is  metallic;  repeated  dis¬ 
tillations  are  necessary  if  the  coloration  16  due  to  oxides 
of  nitrogen. 

(Z)  Metallic  Contamination.  Iron  and  copper  were  found 
to  be  the  metals  with  the  most  dolotorions  effect  upon  Phenol. 
J*on  *5®*  iaa  particularly  high  coloring  power.  Iron  appears 
to  be  the  ooloring  agent  so  much  feared  because,  when  Phenol 
Is  in  oontaot  with  iron,  some  iron  is  dissolved,  even  if  the 
discoloration  io  not  immediately  apparent .  A  minirmm  0f  vola¬ 
tile  iron  salt  is  formed  which  distills  over  with  the  Phenol. 
Upon  standing  the  iron  salt  is  elowly  oxidised  to  the  ferric  • 
condition  and  shows  the  characteristic  pink  color  which  so 
often  appears  after  the  shipment  of  apparently  pure  snow-white 
Phenol.  Phis  explains  the  high  resistance  to  discoloration 
possessed  by  somo  Phenol  even  when  exposed;  the  Phenol  contain¬ 
ing  the  least  of  iron  salt  resists  discoloration  to  the  great¬ 
est  extent* 

Contact  of  Phenol  with  copper,  particularly  with 
popper  seals,  causes  a  yellow  discoloration. 

Discoloration  of  Phenol  -  Continued-  Page  2. 

fin  ana  sino  do  not  aiocolor  Phenol.  Zino  la  to 
be  recommended  for  the  composition  of  worms  and  oolls. 

Vats  and  pans  shoulfl  not  be  of  caBt  Iron,  but  should  have 
a  heavy  galvanised  coating. 

Containers  In  which  Phenol  Is  shipped  Bhould  have 
a  heavy  galvanlEed  coating  or  be  thoroughly  tinned.  Some 
of  the  tinned  cane  tested  In  the  Laboratory  had  a  poor  coat¬ 
ing  and  pOBBessed  innumerable  "pin  holes"  of  expOBea  iron. 

She  coating  upon  the  tinned  cans  can  he  tested  by  adding 
a  vlsoous  solution  of  gelatine  to  which  a  little  potassium 
ferricyanlde  has  hoen  added;  blue  spots  and  marts  will  show 
wherever  the  Iron  has  not  hoen  covered.  . 

With  regard  to  glass  bottleB,  Balter  (see  LungoTr-) 
attributes  the  reddening  of  phenol  in  glass  bottles  to  the 
prosonco  of  iron  in  the  glass ■  She  fact  the  Merck' e  send 
their  silver- labelled  product  in  bluo  cobalt  glasB  Instead 
of  the  cheaper  brown  glass  (containing  Iron)  which  would  exclude 
chemically  active  light  just  as  effectively  may  have  signif¬ 
icance.  It  seems  advisable  to  use  bottles  of  bluo  cobalt 
glass  in  oaso  they  can  bo ■ obtained. 

When  Phenol  has  once  been  colored  by  metallic  con¬ 
tamination,  such  as  tho  pink  color  formed  upon  standing,  the 
color  can  be  removed  from  tho  concentrated  aqaeOusiBolution 
by  addition  of  zlno  dust  and  filtration.  She  color  removal 
appears  to  be  permanent-  She  reaction  in  thlB  case  is  not  a 
reduction,  but  a  displacement  of  iron  or  copper  in  aqueous 
solution  by  sine,  and  therefore  does  not  take  place  In  Phenol 
alone,  fhe  dilution,  treatment  with  sino  dust,  and  filtration 
le  more  bother  than  simple  distillation  whioh  is  generally 
resorted  to.  , 

If  proper  precautions  ore  taken  in  its  preparation 
ami  preservation.  Phenol  will  not  discolor;  no  repeated  dis¬ 
tillations  or  rectification  will  then  be  necessary. 


Oe*f*v,  Ufa  . 

October  27,19X6. 

Dicks ,  Davit! '  Company,- . 

302  Broadway,  iiew  Yorlc  City, 

IJow  York. 

Gentle  nan:  Attention  .  r.  a.  I-.  Bake,  greatr-tror. 

*.  ,  l,o  aro  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 

24th  instant,  ana  beg  to  quote  you-  on  Carbolic  Aeia 
Crystals,  55?  por  pounds,  JT,  0.  3'.  Cilvor  lake,  if.J., 
in  lots  of  300  to  SfcO  pounds.  Shis  price  is  spot 
cash  -without  discount,  lie  cannot  very  well  make 
short  time  contracts  as  we  aro-  ooligoa .to  contract 
no  less  than  a  years  supply  of  our  raw  mnter5.als, 
but  we  most  always  hav~  come  Hie  no  1  for  spot  delivery 
at  the  market.  he  think  you  could  undoubtedly  get 
what  you  want  from  month  to  month  from  either  our¬ 
selves  or  our  competitors. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  acids,  Chemicals 
and  Dyestuffs 
9a  william  street 

office  i  New  York  City 

Mr.  Y7.  H.  Ueadoworoft, 

liaison's  laboratories, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

Bear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

Confirming  the  writers  telephone  conversation  with 
you.  wouia  state  that  we  are  still  receiving  very  serious  com¬ 
plaints  about  the  working  of  the  Pharaphenylenediamine .  These 
complaints  are  particularly  aireetea  against  tne.  deliveries  we 
havo  male  in  the  month  of  October,  ana  we  have  had  complaints 
on  the  quality  with  which  adjustments  have  been  made. 

Ur.  Goodwin  tells  us  that  the  material  which  we  sent 
to  replace  the  original  bags  which  he  complained  about,  is .jot 
a  hit  better,  and  that  he  is  having  all  kinds  of  trouble  with  it. 

Mr.  Bode  states  that  out  of  the  350  lbs.  which  we  sent 
him  this  month,  what  he  has  so  far  used  has  been  anything  but 
satisfactory.  He  informed  us  that  he  has  dyed  150,000  dog  skins, 
and  that  the  first  lots  that  were  dyed  turned  in  color  before 
the  last  part  of  this  job  of  150,000  skins  could  be  dyed  and 
packed  for  shipment.  This  means  that  the  dye  turned  while  in 
his  place  within  a  period  of  less  than  two  weeks. 

He  suggests  that  Mr.  Edison  send  someone ,  who  is  re¬ 
sponsible  and  knows  the  workings  of  Paraphenylonediamine ,  to 
their  factory,  and  see  just  how  it  is  used,  and  the  conditions 
under  which  it  works,  and  if  there  is  anything  that  could  be  _ 
suggested  to  remedy  the  matter,  they  are  only  too  willing  to  he 
guided  by  the  suggestions. 

will  you  please  let  us  hear  from  you  on  this  subject, 

Yours  very  truly. 

American  oil  &  Supply  Co., 

,  92  Viilliam  Street, 

Hew  York  City, 
How  York. 

Boar  Sirs :  Attention  Mr.  A.  B.  Jones 

J  have  roceivea  your  favor  of  the  28th  inet., 
eoneorning  complaints  about  the  working  of  the  Bara 
Bhenylonediamine . 

I  showed  your  letter  to  Mr.  Edison  this  morn¬ 
ing  and  ho  says  that  ho  cannot  understand  it  at  all. 

Wo  have  haa  absolutely  no  other  complaints  about  tho 
material  delivered  in  October.,  -  ana  we  have  sold  a 
great  deal.  She  well  knov.  Pur  Byers,  A.  Hollander  L 
Son,  are  using  very  large  quantities  of  our-  Bara  Bhony- 
lonediamine  every  day,  and  they  have  found  it  entirely 
satisfactory,  so  Mr.  Edison  cannot,  think  that  tho  trouble 
complained  of  is  duo  to  our  Bara  Bhenylenediamino,  but 
fools  quite  sure  there  must  bo  other  reasons. 

Bono  of  our  people  have  any  experience  in 
ayo'ing  furs  so  there  is  ne  ono  thai  wo  could  send  over 
to  tho  factories  of  your,  customers.  ,  All  we  can  do  is 
to  furnish  tho  Para  Phonylonediaraino  and  lot  customers 
work  out  tho  dyeing  according  to  thoir  own  different 
formulas.  ‘ 

Yours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

'4^  ^  !j^*r“A'!/'r^AV 

0«t.  31,  1916.  “ 

“fr>  A  A..  rs„,.  LfHfiA 

■®  ^  w«L- ,  w«s- 

,.  a.  L*. 

Dear  Kr.  I-eadowcroft:  ,i^_€  4t^  ^ 

After  ou*  telephonic  conversntaSn  of  this  morning, 

I  took  up  v.ith  the  principals  who  are  in  the  market  for  ten  tons  of 
phenol  a  reek  for  six  months  begining  in  November,  the  question  of 
price  re  discussed.  .■ 'They ''said,  .that  they  would  like  to  receive  a 
firm  offer  from  Mr.  Edison  for  their  requirements  and  from  what 
transpired,  I  believe  that  the.  deal  can  be  closed  this  v-eek  on  the 
basis  of  forty-eight  cents  per  pound  with  an  allowance  of  one  cent 
per  pound  brokerage.  This  brokerage  has  got  to  be  split  in  half 
so  that  I  will  receive  one-half  of  it.  The  price  is  for  phenol  in 

>  melting  point  and  other  characteristics, 
given  to  understand  that  these  people  were 

:  and  I  will  telephone  you  c 

Yours  pcery  trul; 


Acid  Violet  4B 
Bis.  Brovm  X  Brill 
B1 am ark  Brown  2RN 
Chrysoidine  R 
Chrysoidine  X 
Croc  Orange  ;jf02544 
Green  X. 

Green  R 
Methyl  Blue  BB 
Methyl  Blue  RBX 
Phosphine  BBS 
Rhodamine  Base 
Rhodamine  BX 
Violet  6B  Cryst. 

Acid  Green  BBA 
Cressotinio  Acid 
Phltalic  Acid 

Phenilene  Biamene  Meta  basic 
l’henylin  Bi amine  Para 
Parathenylene  diamine 



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Loathor  Mill  is  in  tho  market  for  Bichromate  of  soda,  ' 

Consunor  is  in  tho  market  far  2000  to  3000  lbs.  bluo  Aleppo  ''hole 
Nut galls  Jmmmodiato  shipment. 

Manuf actuors •  agont  is  in  tho  markot  for  about  500  tons  of  Ammonia 
Carbonate.  A  somplo  of  500  lbs.  will  be  roquirod. 

Doalor  is  in  tho  markot  for  3  cars  Bluo  Vitriol.  Ono  car  in  Doc,, 
ono  in  January,  and  cno  in  Fobruary)  99%  Largo  crystals  roquirod. 
And  wishes  to  uako  cdntract  for  supply  of  Fommldohydo  ovor 

2  bbls.  Diroct  Black  at  Sl.90i  600  lbs,  cyanol  bluo  at  37,00. 

|  BENZOL  -  Pure  -  Although  supplios'aro  not  offered  with  any  ^usual  froodom  tho 
pricos  nnmod  are  somowhat  lowor  and  goods  aro  available  in  somo  directions  at  58  .0 

-  ?  r  sfrs1 

/  some  businoss  has  passod  and  tho  price  quotod  to-day  by  somo  factors  P  -* 

'  is  38.10  and  up  to  32.25  depending  on  seller  and  quantity;  orders  aro  in  tho  markot 
It  lower  pricos,  and  it  is  possible  that  sellers  will  take  business  at  tho  lowor^^ 
l'ovolo;  on  contract  the  avorago  prico  quotod  is  32.00,  although  this 
in  somo  diroctions ,  A  subscriber  desires  1  tank  car  prompt.  tn  20c  do- 

NXTRO  BENZOL  -  Rodistillod  spot  is  hold  at  pricos  that  rango  r“  > 

ponding  cn  sollor  and  needs  of  buyor;  no  domand  is  in  ovidonco  and  supplies  aro 

PlCnpARANmANILINE  -  Tho  markot  is  praoticolly  baro  of  spot  supplios,  favors  «°35 
quoting  howover,  for  delivery  about  tho  15th  of  Novombor  at  vl*60, 
is  namod.  Tho  domand  for  spot  and  prompt  is  koon.  in 

DINTIRO  PHENOL  -  For  dolivory  in  about  throo  wooks  factors  aro 
quantities;  the  spot  market  is  firm  and  high,  with  offerings  for  *  or  immodiat 

scarce;  on  contract  of  frem  four  to  six  months  tho  figuro  of  75 

I  r  PARA  PHBNYLENE  DIAMINE  -  Although  somo  factors  aro  holding  strongly  at  P^cosjhc 

/rango  from  33.60  to  33.75  in  othor  diroctions  tho  lowor  figure  of  33.25  is  nado  for 

SPOtDI«JID0UpHEN0LS-°Avaiittblo  supplios  aro  limited  to  a  fow  contros  who  advisee! 
fairly  steady  domand;  spot  goods  aro  quoted  at  37.50  in  quantities,  with  h  p 
fer  small  or  businoss  ranging  up  to  010.00,  ..  .  7p 

/  NAPHTHALINE  -  For  spot  high  grado  whito  flakos  tho  avorago  spou  figuro  xs  fc  *. 

ocrao  manufaotuorors  holding  steadily  at  higher  prices,  and  not  seoAng  kusinoso.  j® 
factors  aro  quoting  fractionally  lowor  pricos,  quoting  at  6-go  for  D0*n 
flakos  in  largo  quantities;  importod  flakos  aro  still  hold  in  the  "“A^bothood  o 
ANILINE  COLORS  -  Trading  in  the  dye  markot  continues  quito  good.  Loalora 
inclined  to  make  sales  satisfactory  in  order  to  retain  the  good  will  of  their  custom 
ors  upon  the  close  of  tho  war  and  in  this  matter  are  showing  considerable  for osigh.. 
Considerable  intoroot  is  shown  in  Nigrooino  jot  shido  and  quite  eomo^aiiiicui  y 
has  boon  oxporioncod  in  securing  a  product  that  is  fast  and  ovon.  An  o  a 

is  in  ovidonco  to-day  of  a  good  sizod  smeunt  at  a  vory  attractive  prico,  Tho  asm... d 
for  Eo'sino  still  continues  with  practically  no  offerings  m  ovidonco,  Magenta  'r-_ 
stals  uro  also  in  good  domand  ono  doalor  in  particular  being  in  tho  markot  for  a 
largo  amount  at  a  modorato  prico.  -  ,  ■  • 

Continuing  cur  usual  custom  wo  aro  listing  bolcw  somo  of  tho  odors  tha.  h.w. 
boon  called’  to  cur  attention  to-day.  •  ' 

1000  lbs.  Higrosino  SS  Jot  Si’.  10  1000  lbs.  Chrysophomno  36.00 

1500  "  Safranino  9.25  200  "  Soluble  31uo  typo  1,25 

75  "  Aliz.  Rod  (Bayern)  10.00  80  11  Magenta  Crystals  Puro  8.75 

80  "  Blichsino  Pcwdorod  cone. 8.00  ■  45  "  Rhodamino  60  .  9.00 

200  11  Mul achito  Croon  Cryotaio'  typo9.50  -100  lbo.  Cotton  Aniline  Bluo6’.75 

500  "  Eosino  J  ADL  4.50-  200  11  Rirplo  Lake  2’.00 

100  "  Diamino  Black  BH  (Sasolla)  7.40-  1Q0  "  Diamond  Black  (Mots)  6,85 

500  .  "  Nat’l,  Diroct  Black  4%  1. SO  100  "  Zambesi  Black  D  (Berlin)  ^35 _ — 

300  "  Indent  hr  ono  Bluo  pewdor  7.85’  200  ‘fMothylone  Bluo  2B~  ■5.75>; 

1000  lb9.  Nigrosine  SS  Jot 
1500  "  Safranino 

75  "  Aliz.  Rod  (Bayers) 

80  "  Fuchsino  Pcwdorod  co 


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AWILINE'  COLORS  (Continued)  •  '  •  „ 

500  lbB.  Patent  Bluo  A  $5.25  ■  100  lb3.'  Solublo  Blue  R  SI 2'. 00 

100  "  Acid  Aliz .  Brown  30L  (Bayor)  5.05-200  lbn.  Aliz.  Brown  _3JL; - 60|_ 

100  »  Azo  Carmine  4.35  -500  <£tjaaaaidittOu*^^^ 

100  "  Eosino  9-.00  100  "  Magonta  Cryatala  9'.00 

200  "  Rhodamino  B  5'.50  100  "  Rhodamino  60  Bayor  14A50 

200  "  Azo  Rubino  5'.40  300  "  Acid  Scarlot  2R  2.50 

100  "  Acid  Violot  4.75  2  bbla.  Baoic  Magonta  0.50 

Panama  07 

Moxico  926 

Cuba  1.435 

Total  $  2,368 

CAUSTIC  SODA  -  Spot  markot  ia  somov/hat  stiffor  in  sympathy  with  tho  firnnosa  ol 
Soda  ash,  and  sollcra  aro  holding  with  rolativo  atoadinoaa  at  3.85  and  3.90.  Somo 
inquiry  ia  noted  for  nsxt  your,  but  buyers  aro  unwilling  to  pay  moro  than  2.95  on 
tho  flat  baais;  offora  aro  mado  of  2h,  basis  60?.  F.O.B.  middlo  woatorn  point,  brint. 
inf.  tho  flat  3.05,-..:  Bxporti  frcm-Ki  7.  To,  Italy  1,012,016  lbs;  Valuo 
$39, 832;  England,  300,738  lbs j  Valuo  $10, V82;Nicuareua,  14,180  lbs;  Value  y530, 
Moxico,  675,000  lbs;  Value/  $2, 380. Cuba,  6,960  Ibsj  Valuo  $140i  San  Domingo,  43,875, 
Valuo  $1, 586 J  Total  -  2,052,739  lbBj  Valuo  $55,152. 

SODA  ASH  -  Firmnosoas  apparent  to-day,  and  thora  are  moro  buyors  than  sollors, 
tho  avorago  quotation  ia  3c,  anf  following  solos  at  2.924- and  3,95,  tho  markot  ia 
visibly  fimor  with  2.97^0  ao  minimum;  quoted  at  tho  close  and  moat  oollors  holding 
firmly  at  3c;  salsa,  in  fact  woro  roportod  at  this  prico.  Tho  demand  is  activo,  ar, 
predictions  are  mado  that  tho  markot  will  go  somewhat  higher  lovols.  Exports  from 
N.  Y.  To  Italy,  635,076  lbs;  Valuo  $31,181;  Moxico, 900  lbs;  Valuo  $34;  Total,  625,97 
lbs;  Valuo  $31,215.  •  ,  , 

BICHROMATE  OF  SODA  -  A  roaction  aot  in  today,  and  buyora  woro  ahowingtno  aosiro 
to  load  up;  soiling  pro3suro  was  ovidoncod  from  somo  quarters,  and  tho  price  slid 
slightly  with  willing  sailors  at  23u,".  and  ovon  23^0  was  montionod;  tho  few  buyors 
in  tho  market  woro  bidding  21  to  22c.  Somo  in  close  touch  with  tho  situation  fool 
that,  this  is  but  a  tomporury  roaction,  and  prodict  future  firmnoss;  Dominion  goods 
arc  of  fared  in  seme  directions  at  324c,  with  littlo  intoroat  shorn  by  buyors.  For 
noxt  your  tho  price  remains  2‘li  to  25c.  Export  from  N.  Y.  to  Motherlands,  7,144  lb 
Valuo  $2,500;  to  Moxico,  9, 275  lbs,  Valuo  $2,269.  .  .. 

BICHROMATE  OF  POTASH  -  Tho  3pot  markot  is  quiot,  and  sollors  quoto  at  pricos  tna 
range  from  40  to  4(>4c;  tho  technical  position  of  this  commodity  is  strong,  and  if 
any  important'  buying  camo  into  tho  market  pricos  would  undoubtedly  advance;  tho  ' 
fact  romains  howovor,  that  many  consumors  aro  substituting  the  soda  successfully . 
Experts  from  N.  Y.  tc  Motherlands,  21,999  lbs;  Valuo  $3,140'. 

CHLORATE  OF  POTASH  -  Sellers  woro  moro  prominont  today  than  buyors,  and  sons  or- 
forings  woro  made  today  ns  law  as  64c:  in  other  diroctiono,  however,  sollors  wero 
holding,  at  65  to  65c,  and  sa 
broke  slightly,  thoro  woro 
filled,  tho  market  r.iav  go  b 

CASEIN  -  A  Blight  advan 
is  quoted  to -day  at  2}c  to 
range  from  7  to  8c,  Tho  6 

special  bloaching  grado  is  quoted  at  5  l/3c  in  bh*o,  =rv».  ,  pr&dos, 

SULPHURIC  ACID  -  Prices  variations  are  etill  rather  large;  for  thevaroE 
depending  to  a  large  extent  on  point  of  shipment;  the  matter  of  freight  ls. 

largely  into  the  spot  prices;  66  degroos  Brimstone  is  hold  generally  y 

following  some  important  sales  that  took  much  of  the  low  Pr^od  goods  out  of  the 
market;  tho  averago  figuro  quoted  is  $20  por  ton,  and  up  to  *22,  quoted  at 

Pyrites  is  hold  generally  at  from  $13  to  $19;  tho  60  degree  Brimstone  is  quote^ 
from  $10  to  $12  F.O.B,  plant  on  contract,  bringing  the  J*  °* j,’ *i5,  galos  of 
about  814  to  815;  spot  or  nearby  is  generally  held at  the  minimum  of  815  Sale  ^ 
1000  tons  of  the  60  degroos  Pyrites  aro  mado  to-day  at  a  low  Pr£°®  depending  on 
basis  of  sales  being  under  810;  Now  York  pneos  range  from  SlO  to  $12  depend  g 

sollers  and  quantities',  •  ■  ,  .  .  .i  n  «  and  un  to 

■  SAUCYtlC  ACID  -  U.S.P,  goods  are  quotod  at  the  mmimiun  of  ol.  25  P  * 

$1,35  depending  on  seller.  Tho  market  continues  wontt,  and  manufacturers  r 

*  BENZOATE  OF^ODA  -  Spot  is  held  at' prices  that  range  st’^’and 

cording  to  seller;  for  delivory  in  Nov.  Doc.  imported  goods  aro  quoted  at  ,7  an  ^ 

?7  2BENZ0IC  ACID  -  Quiotnoss  prevails,  with  sellers  <f»oting  at'  from  $e8,u0  to  i9,00. 
QUICKSILVER  -  Tho  market  is  firm  at  $E0  por  7S  pound  flask.  ovidonoo 

CREOSOATE  CARBONATE  -  Spot  io  hold  at  820  to  *24,  with  aome  dor.and  ^Uor 

BORAX  -  Crystalo  or  powders  are  quoted  to-day  at  7$  to  7 go  depend  ^ 
and  quntity;  the  market  is  stoady  under  good  demand.  of  9ic: 

FORMALDEHYDE  -  Several  lots  changod  hands  at  the  relatively  ,  *  1 

. . -io  inc  and  ud  to  lOrc:  those  cheap  lots  were  picked  up 

FORMALDEHYDE  -  Several  lots  changod  hands  at  the  relatively  low  ripi  s 

the  average  inside  figure  is  10c,  and  up  to  lOfci  those  cheap  lots  were  picked  u; 

SAL*  AMMONIAC  -  Some  demand  is  in  evidence,  and  tho  market  st6ady 

from  10}  to  lllc  for  the  white  tschnical  goods,  price  depending  on  quant ity^o^  ^ 
CAFFEINE  -  No  demand'  is' in  evidenco,  and  there  are  "•illdnE J^^nd  advise  of 
range  from  $11.75  to  $12.50.  Manufacturers 'a  price  is  unchanged,  and  advise 

CAFFEINE  -  No  demand'  is-  in  evidenco,  ana  »  "**“*"“ ,nd  ndviB9  of 

range  from  $11.75  to  $12.50.  Manufacturers 'a  price  is  unchanged,  and  advise 

St9  CAMPHOR  -  Domestic  refiners  have  increased  their  price  to-day  bobhonow  level 
of  SO^c  in  barrels;  this  6c  increase  due  to  scarcity  of  supplies,  and  demand.  ^ 
MENTHOL  -  Tho  market  is  quiet  with  stocks  rather  limitod  at  13.  Qrignt 

da  a  slightly  vronker  undertone  caused  by  the  fact  that  supplies  f 
will  be  here  in  about  another  month,  4  fiaiiro 

CHLORATE  OF  SODA  -  Spot  is  fairly  firm  at  from  25  to  ^°»  .  ftt  o0^on 

quoted  by  makers;  manufacturers  report  active  business  form  next  y  -4 

co  ntract. 

Imports  at  the  Port  of  New  York 
s/s  Van  Hogondorp  from  Callo 
1472  tags  ft  2800  .sacks  vanadium,  John  Hughes 
■  s/s  Galileo  from1  Hull 

100  drs.  butyl  alcohol  B.  I.  du  Pont  do  Nemours  ft  Co. 

28  H  CroBylic  acid  Lohn  &  Fink 

30  casks  iron  oxide  0.  A.'  ft  E.  Mayor 

30  hbls.  sod  oil  Cbl3*  H-  R3i01S 

s/s  Katalamha  from  Far  East 
500  tons  mannose  oro  E.  J.  Lavino  ft  Co.  Phila. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 

Aniline  -  Phonal,  Ami  Co  phenol  &  llovembor  2nd,  1916 

Bonnidlno  Plante  of  Poroonnl  Interests  of  2.A.E. 

Organl nation  -  Adoption  of  Saloe  Policy. 

Effootlvo  llovombor  1,  1916. 

Purohasing  Sorvioo  Department  for  Ohomioal  Saloo  Dop't. 

V/e  havo  oorofully  noted  the  contonts  of  tho  above 
memorandum  relative  to  the  change  as  to  tho  handling  of  the  ualee 
of  the  products  of  the  personal  lntoroate  of  2.  A.  E. 

Vie  wish  to  aoeuro  you  that  wo  will  oooporate  with 
Uooare.  Emery  and  Loohwood  in  every  way  pooeiblo. 

Boday  wo  havo  forwarded  to  Hr.  Emory  our  anticipated 
output  covering  tho  Phenol  Plant  for  tho  remaining  two  monthe  of  this 
year  and  tho  oontraot  ohlpnonts  to  ho  mado  against  oamo. 

3  figures  to  oovor  tho  Aniline  and  Araidophonol  will 
z  promptly  hut  for  tho  time  boing  those  figuroB  will  only  ho 
tlvo  as  ohongos  ore  now  undor  woy  in  both  of  those  plants,  which 
i  it  Is  oxpootod  that  thoir  roBpootivo  productions  por 
be  inoroasod  materially, 

J.  2.  Phelan, 

Messrs,  Ohas.  Edison,  W.  H.  Hoadoworoft. 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  ifidison, 
Orange,  W.  J.  1  ~ 

Gentlemen: - 

cuson,  >  , 


u>-$Acf  •^‘C*  ^v”y 

What  is  your  present  price  Ati.naw  art 
basis  on  Aniline  Oil  for  contract  over  1917 11  L 
on  2,000  lbs.  per  month?  ]□*£ 

Thanking  you  for  early  receipt  *  . 
of  quotation,  we  remain  / 

lours  very  truly,  / 

KAOiMii  KUofiltKXlQMPAWi .  /  f 

t*  life  &  fa'** 

Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange , 




1  ^  BRTflLMR.N.Y.  N°v.  2/l6. 

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3lr’  n  '"*** 

Will  you  be  good  enough  to  advise  ub  if 
you  have  anything  to  offer  in  the  way  of  an  Aniline  Salt 
or  other  substanoe,  to  replace  Aniline  Oil  in  rubber  . 

-'•• -  Might  mention  the  faot  that  we  secure,^ 

your. -nine  from  the  Chemical  Engineering  Catalog. 

Thanking  you  in  antioipatidn  of  an  early 
reply,  we  beg  to  remain 

Yours- very  truly,  ' 


Jjl  \ "t  S  ‘ 

duller  t 

ux  pu u 

Hovombor  4,1916, 

itr.  iiobert  2,  Lob  lor ,  - 

141  Brpadwty,  Be*  York  City, 
lie*  Yoxi.. 

Dear  Ur.  loziorj 

Confirming  our  tele /.hone  conversa¬ 
tion  or  today  in  regard  to  your  favor  of  the  31st 
ultimo,  ,lot  mo  oa„  that  if  you  eon  prove  to  .\;r. 
hi is on  that  your  principals  ara  losnonslbla  for  the 
ontiro  contract.,  ho  would  bo  inclined  to  make  a 

I  havo  no  analysis  at  hand,  and  our  people, 
that,  is  our  o'ffico  people  of  the  plant  havo  gono  for 
the  day  so  I  cionnot  furnish  an  unalysis  today.  Let 
as  say,  however,  that  the  molting  point  of  our  . henol 
is  39-41pC.  it  never  runs  below  39°C.  and  as  a  natter 
of  foot,  our  produot  avorages  40°C  and  bettor. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  .'Sr.  Edison, 


SfycmwSfyrect?  s/Mffst&titiim/ 

Jlfew-Wor&s  uov.  4th,  1916. 

OranReA’lIEdj!°n  In°’’  Attention:  Hr.  T/. 'H.  Meadowcroft 

Orange,  II.  J.  Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison 

Dear  Sir:- 

In  confirmation  of  telephone  conversation  of  even  date 
with  vour  Ur.  W.  H.  l.Ieadowerof t ,  am  pleased  to  state  that  I  have 
finally  been  successful  in  securing  steamship  space  on  the  Str. 
"Alicante"  for  the  10,000  Ihs.  oarbolio .acid  crystals  ordered  of 
you  sevei'al  days  ago  wider  my  order  #38-S. 

Also  as  stated  over  the  'phone,  I  must  positively  malce 
shipment  of  this  entire  order  on  IIov.  8th,  to  the  steamship  dock 
so  it  will  he  necessary  for  you  to  get  the  shipment  off  on  Monday  s 
Boat  without  fail. 

Regarding  payment 7  terms,  would  say  that  while  it  was 
agreed  to  ship  this  order  sight  draft  attached  to  3/1,  I  will 
in  this  case  comply  to  the  terms  as  spoken  of  in  our  phone  con¬ 
versation.  I  am  therefore  pleased  to  enclose  herewith  my  check 
for  the  sum  of: 

in  full  payment  of  my  order  as  agreed. 

I  trust  you  will  appreciate  the  fact  that  handling-trans¬ 
actions  in  this  manner  is  not  in  accord  with  our  usual  practise  hut 
in  view  of  the  unfortunate  delays  and  trouble  we  have  alieady  had 
on  this  order  (of  course'  not  on  your  account)  I  am  making  a  special 
concession  in  this  case,  so, as  to  avoi^ny  further  delays  that 
might  occur  if  the  order  was  shipped  with  sight  draft  attached  to 

I  sincerely  hope  that  you  will  get  this  order  off  on 
Monday's  boat  and  send  me  promptly  receipted  invoices  and  orig¬ 
inal  b/l,  so  that  I  can  send  oar  truckman  after  the  cases  the 
first  thing  Wednesday  morning,  Hov.  8th. 

Thanking  you  for  past  favors,  and  awaiting  with  interest 
your  kind  news  advising  of  shipment  of  this  order,  I  beg  to  remain 

Very  truly  yours, 


,  November  6th,  1916 

In  reply  to  your  favcjr  of  October  6th  I  would  say 
that  after  having  taken  xip  the  matter  with  the  makers  of  Erioglau- 
cine,  Messrs.  Geigy  of  Basle,  Switzerland,  I  am  advised  by  them 
that  their  produots  are  sold  in  Canada  and  in  the  United  States 
of  America  exelusJargljT through~tbtelr  ffitracican  House,  namely: 

v  Ageny  of  J.R.  Geigy  S.A.  \ 

.BS— Ssaf-o-l'fiy  "Street, 

I  trust  that  they  will  be  in  a  position  to  supply 
you  with  the  required  quantity. 

Always  with  pleasure  at  your  services, 

I  remain,  dear  Sir, 

Yours  truly, 
per  Dr.  W.  Knecht 

flaBKWi  V1AMB 

'.'AC"  SOAJ^BFT-’KnglVE  KO WM&  ItJSl&f 

Asoiotont  Superintendent 

nmiauutor  Hen 
nirzol  Still  men 
Bafleor  Still  man 
Washer  man 
Eofuno  nan 


»  I'.olpor 















Ho  chance  in  rates  shown  will  ho  allowed  without  ana-oval 
od  executive  officers. 

wooatti®  iho::  con-  in? 


Vice  President 


Wooi>waim>  Iro¥  Company 

WoomfiVRl),ATA.  November  6,  1916.  , 

Ur.  S7m.  H.  Ueadoworoft,  ('[}  a  . ,  i  X  ^  ^  !  ‘ 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison,  \U-0~U  v' 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  ,  \  ,  A 

Orange,  N.  J.  \j  !  </ 

Dear  Sir:-  ~? 

In  view  of  the  existing  labor  conditions  throifeho^t 
this  territory  we  have  deemed  it  necessary  to  voluntarily 

inoreaso  the  wages  of  our  employees  10  percent  effective 
November  1st. 

Shis  increase,  of  course,  affects  the  employees 
at  our  benzol  plant,  also  those  who  are  operating  your  plant 
and  ours  jointly.  We  write  to  advise  you  of  this  increase 
and  hope  that  our  action  will  meet  with  your  approval  as  far 
as  joint  operations  of  our  benzol  plants  are  ooncerned. 

>.e  are  enclosing  herewith  a  copy  of  the  new  scale 
effective  November  1st,  showing  the  rates  which  will  now  be 
paid  under  this  inorease  if  entirely  satisfactory  to  you. 

We  will  be  glad  to  have  you  advise  ub  promptly  in 
regard  to  the  matter. 


truly,  ^ 


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Hovombor  7th,  1916 


SOBJF.CEj  Operation  and  Production  of  the  Aniline  Division,  Silver  lake,  II. J. 
Ur.  A.  0.  Emory, 

Purchasing  Service  Dopts  (Attention  «r» 

For  your  files  we  havo  attached  here  a  list  of  the 
products  manufactured  in  this  division  showing  the  output,  solos,  sales 
price  and  contracts  up  to  the  close  of  1916, 

Those  figuros  os  to  production  all  more  or  loss 
hinge  on  the  ohange  of  the  proposed  production  of  Paraphonylonodiomino, 
as  this  increased  production  will  nocessarily  draw  on  the  output  of  the 
other  products  and  until  we  know  just  how  this  new  equipment  is  going  to 
work  out,  we  will  not  ho  able  to  give  you  definite  figures. 

We  have  shown  in  the  detailed  sheets  how  this  in- 
oreasod  production  of  the  Paraphenylonediamlne  will  effect  the  surplus 
of  those  various  produots  which  will  be  a  guide  to  you  in  making  future 
contracts  to  take  care  of  these  surpluses  after  we  have  established 


COPY  to  Ur.  W.  H.  Ueadowcroft 


omnATion  fi  -  hiptwieo 

Amount  Sold 
Salop  l’rioo 

344, G04 







57 ,600 








Cha  normal  production  of  tho  plant  par  day  lo  10,500  pound3.  Co 

'  convert  thlo  Into  Aniline  Oil  at  tho  rate  of  4,500  poando  per  day,  thio  operation 
will  oonsuse  7,500  pounds  of  tho  i^yrhono.  Cho  balance  (3,000  pounds!  will 
probably  bo  roquirod  In  tho  operation  of  tho  Bonzldlno  Plant.  Cho  plant  is  not 
equipped  to  ro-diotill  thio  product. 


Ancriocn  Oil  ft  Supply  Co. 

Contract  1500  lbs.  daily.(Excopt  Sundays  ft  Holidays) 


-  ASILIUE  Division  - 
rwrttAMOi;  f>3  -  ICTHCri-Qa 

ATin.ra-,  OIL. 













Amount  Sold 






Solos  Price 






>Xho  normal  production  oC  the  plant  is  4,500 

pounds  pc 






a.  ■»«««■«  ““^*ss  sssaisfiEK  S,1S.'”S 
cssssssss  srsyarff-  « - — « - — 

lator  to  bo  convortod  Into  Anilino  ^alt- 
qnootion  as  to  Dow  to  toko  oaro  of  *t. 


^ American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

./  American  Printing  Oo. 
j  Crystal  Hosiery  Hills 
<f  Haller  Gloria  Kills 
/  h.X  .Quinine  &  Chemical  Works 
«  Pacific  Kills 
^■'Hacino  Rubber  Co. 

•>  Renfrew  Kfg.  Co. 

<f  Runnyrsdo  Kills,  Ino. 

•r  Scotland  Itock  Cotton  Kills 
j  Horcnlos  Powder  Co. 
j  Yo«£  Knitting  Hill  a 
✓  Stanley  Doggatt 

a 5666  monthly. 
8667  " 

72B  ” 

900  " 

12000  " 

2000  " 

1000  ” 

1000  " 

1000  " 

900  dally. 


-  ahimhe  Division  - 



Z!ado  for  use  in  tho  l’araphony.lonodicnlno  operation*  At  tho  prooont 
tiro  tho  clock  of  I*uro  Acotanllido  on  hand  lo  39 CO  pounds. 

i9iG,  mr  ,mm  jhh.  actgitfs  rai^nrayn] 

Prodnotion  15,643  18,3Y1  14,094  .  12,463  13,309  5,510 

Salon  825  1,550  1,200  00  0 

Avoroes)  Calcs  Prioo  .80  1,05  ,84  0  0  0 



Sorrel  production  SCO  pounds  por  cloy. 

At  the  prooont  tire  additional  equipment  is  lioing  in¬ 
stalled  horc  to  inoroaoo  thio  production  to  1,000  i<oimdB.  If  tills 
anticipated  lneraase  materialises,  tMo  will  roquiro  1,000  pounds  Aniline 
Oil  por  day  which  ro  tocos  tho  surplus  of  the  latter  to  5,350  pounds. 

lois  -.('.bux  jm  -ggs.  m sl  mm  assisasa 

Production  6,V15  6,70V  6,-SCl  6,455  6,350  0,050 

Sales  5,024  7,104  7,475  4,317  6,563  6,495 


A.  Hollander  6  Sons  requirement  at  prooont  200  pounds  tolly. 

Contract  is  for  100  "  " 

Araorloon  Oil  &  Supply  Co.  Contracts  for  2525  pounds  nonthly 
Louis  Lasard  About  1200  a  " 

Herman  &  Ho  man,  Ino.  "  1000  n  a 

Phonograph  fforfcs  400  "  " 

Columbia  Dye  T7orfes  400  "  " 


-  ahiliks  Division  - 


Animus  vJJfc 

mi L.  J&L 

Promotion  13,003  5,691 

Caloa  6,700  11,410 

6,481  0,170 

6,451  6,450 


Sales  Prion 

.73  .63  .63  .66 


All  tho  aarpluo  Anilines  Oil  can  bn  converted  to  Salt  if  necessary, 
at  an  inoroaso  in  coot  of  about  25$.  At  the  sane  tino  tho  incroaao  in  e?oicht 
anounto  to  12-l/2$. 

C  0171  PACTS 

A.  Hollander  &  Sous  240  pounds  daily. 


-  AiULim:  x»m;:loi5- 

Aa  per  tho  production  and  sales  list  ao  nherm  bolow  this  production 
has  boon  sold  but  It  lias  not  boon  a  profitable  transaction  as  on  tho  salon  of 
Sontccibo?  amount  Inc  to  0850  pounds.  It  >./ao  billed  at  11-1/2  to  tho  Aaorioan 
Oil  S;  Supply  Oo.  and  a  credit  v/ao  iftarflarda  issued  <*■  ^olciit  cents* 

At  tho  prooont  time  v;o  lu.vo  a  stool.:  on  hand  of  about  ID  tons  and  tho 
surplus  is  acoruinc'  at  tho  rato  of  about  800  pounds  par  day.  It  is  hav over  a  by¬ 
product  which  ncounmlates  as  a  rcoult  of  tho  production  covorinc  tho  mamfsoturo  of 
tho  Paraphonylonodiaaino.  it  will  cost  from  about  fivo  to  oix  oonts  por  pound  to 

prepare  it  for  sale* 





















Salon  frice 







ffho  American  Oil  &  Supply  Co.  io  tho  only  concern  that  receives  any 
of  the  above  material. 



Operation  is  still  to  an  oxportacatal  stag©.  As  to  the  output 
uniform  flguzoo  will  l>o  givon  lator. 

.  Elio  AmrlcP"  Oil  &  Cupray  Co.  roaoivo  fno  ontiro  output  at 


7,1  lc 

.he  Batavia  Rubber  Co., 

3ntaviu,  how  f-trk.  \ 

your  favor  of  the  2d  lna.ant  has  been 
received.  ;jr.  Bdieor.  wlehec-  as.  to  »}'  la  retly 
that  there  ie  a  chemical  eubetance  which  wo  nako 
for  dyeing  furs.  It  la  cr  Hod  fora  Phenylonod iatiino . 
and  ie  said  to  enormous!;/  incroaeo  tho  opeod  of  vul¬ 
canization  and  only  very  email  quantitioe  arc  neeeee- 
i.r”.  At  prccent  this  chemical  io  ;uito  ospeneive, 

.'£>•  to  or  pound  and  you  robably  could  no;  ulc  it  on 
account  of"  the  exponee.  to  make  .uiilin.-  Oil,  valor 
white,  and  Aniline  halt,  but  cannot  compote  in  proson. 
>  rlcoe  vsith  ono  of  our  big  neighbors. 

youre  very  truly. 

Ad  Icon  Aaboratory. 

Loverabor  7 , 1910 . 

iincino  ->ubbor  Company,,  l.iecone  lu. 

Jc..tlo::e.-:  uttei.ti  on  .  .1 .  i<’.  Log:.;,',  -ur.-font. 

Your  favor  of  the  2d  h.  e  boon  reco:i  vsei 
and  shown  to  It,  lidiaon,  Uc  v; i aLoa  un  to  any  in 
roly  that  he  intends  to  retiro  fron  the  uniline  oil 
bun  incjs  after  tne  proa  on  t  ;:oar ,  iio  only  v.ent  into 
it  to  help  out  tho  led  an  trios  durinp  a  vcr;.  bad  situa¬ 
tion,  and  ho  i.ayo  that  nov:  ho  1,  coinr;  to  le.-.r  it  to 
the  repular  "money  grubbers"  to  carry  the  burdens . 

Yours  very  truly. 

iidieon  Laboratory 


Oils,  Greases,  acids,  chemicals 
and  Dyestuffs 

New  York  City 

November  10,  1916, 

Mr.  XI,  A,  Iioadowcroft, 

^Ihomos  A.  Eclison,  Inc. ,  „ 

Orange ,  !/.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Moadoworoft: 

You  will  remember  -that  I  wrote  to 
■«  you  before  with  reference  tothe  percentage  of 
5  Benzidino  we  could  guarantee  when  offering  that 
A  product  for  sale.  • 

j  It  is  also  necessary  for  us  to  have 

the  melting  point  of  the  product. 

Please  be  advised  that  on  the  Sulphate, 
the  call  v/ill  be  for  the  material  in  paste  form, 
and  not  Anhydrous  the  way  the  Base  must  be  sold. 

V/ill  you  please  advise  us  about  these 
particular  inquiries,  and  also  about  when  this  article 
will  be  ready  for  shipment.  ’ 

Yours  very  truly,  .  .  .  . 


American  Oil  *  Sup-  ly  Co., 

92  i.  llllum  -  trea  t . 

Hot;  'fork  City, 
lion  fork. 

Ilovember  15,1910. 


X  received  your  favor  of  the  10th  Instant, 
In  record  to  Benzidine,  and  submitted  to  Ur.  Edison. 
Eo  wishes  me  to  say  that  the  Bonzidino  plant  hos  not 
star  tod  and  It  may  not  bo  for  co:ao  time.  Eo  cays 
further  that  the  process  w.ileh  was  given  to  us  lc 
very  coolly  to  worl:  and  the  yield  is  not  good.  He 
is  oxnorimontlnc  with  it  and  with  other  methods,  and 
just  now  ho  would  not  attempt  to  give  the  information 
you  ask  for. 

lot  me  oay  personally',  for  your  information, 
that  ho  lo  working  on  this  every  day  and  night  here 
at  our  Chemical  laboratory,  and  spends  a  event  part  of 
hie  time  on  it. 

lours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  hr.  Edison. 

Thio  memorandum  Id  In  rolation  to  our  contract  and  un- 
writton  undorc  ia.,d lugs  In  regard  to  art-  .  honylonodi.-  nino . 

(1J  t..  .:i  OIL 'ti  0Uvi>Ll£  vO.  -  Le  have  four  contracts  with  thorn 

' "  as  follows :  ' 

/^ono  contract  for  260.  pounds  monthly, January  to  Joooabor, 

/  1916,  at  per  pound. 

/  one  contract  for  100  pounds,  monthly, fttaunry  to  Boconbor. 
/  1916,  at  JS. 10 

Ono  contract  for  376  pounds  monthly,  March  to  Deoombor, 
1916,  at  53.76  nor  pound. 

I  ono  contract  for  18jO  poundo,  monthly,  duly  to  Doconbor, 

\  1916,  at  ..2.35  V  po:md. 

\  '•’his  1>  ct  named  contract  for  13ou  poundo  a  month  vac  n.-vor 
\  ‘.-at  Into  v.rl-toh  forn.  but  was  ucrood  upon  and  v.o  have 

\  boon  chipping  accordingly. 

Horowlth  I  enolooo  contracts  for  tho  firct  throe  itono. 

;.,uii>3a  &  ooass 

V,o  ha vo  no  v.riiton  contraotwitht 

Uollondor  cons 

regarding  tho  -ura  -honylanodlamlno  that  wo  ha vo  • b  on 
shinning  to  thorn  all  through  thlc  year.  In 
of  tho  year  ."x,  unison  ;.roforroe,  not  to  tlo  himsolf  up 
more  than  ho  could  hoi;  with  written  contracts  abput 
tnic  ran. tor  is,  ,  and  ac  tho  Ilollandors  aio  vo ry  rolU  blo 
.  poeplo  :X.  .id icon  rac  quite  ogrooeblo  to  aonl ’Bl' '-h  them 
on  tho  bade  of  tin  oral  understanding.  bo  have  foui.d 
that  tho  lx  word  wae  no  good  no  a  written  conXri-.c^,  cji6 
ovon  hotter.  -'or  Inctanoo,  loot  yoar  la  tho  bo(  j.nalnr 
of  tho  ara  rhonylonod  ianino  businoi  a  t?h01‘  1‘  ‘l  it0  \  , 
know  our  loote,  ix.  helicon  contra,  tod  to  nu.  ply  nola.udcxc 
dth  :7o  noun cc  a  month  at  *.31.  -hoii  v.o  cave  to  mc,.o 
tho  matorlal  and  found  tho  coot  much  hlqn~r  than  we  o.;- 
v,eo tod,  Hollanders  voluntarily  consontod  to  a  rale o  In 
price  and  did  not  try  to  hold  IX..  liaison  to  his  contract. 

.  th  undorc tending  with  uc  ac  to  quantity  to  bo  eu;dlod 
to  Holland ere  waB  600  pounds  a  week  until  tho ^cBt  two 
or  throe  months  vthon  they  rcnuoo.oi  ac  to  give  them 
-  poundo  a  .eel.,  and  possibly  noro,  ^  wo -could  o,  we  K. 
bo  h&vo  been,  tiioroforo.  chipping  td  them  at  tho  lattoi 
rate  recently-  '*he  prico  to  them  is  53.00  por  pound. 

Memorandum  to  .j<  iiraory  on  .  are  .honyloned  1 ; nil  no  -  o on tracts 
and  unwritten  underotundingo  -  COil-IiiU-iD  -  i’aro  two. 

(3)  LOUIS  LA:i.i:D» 

V,o  hnv  no  ctutod  contract  with  ,'r •  Lasard.  oomotimoe 
ho  will  nl:  co  an  order  for  a  ton,  to  be  dolivoro.2  in  lotc 
no  called  for,  but  &t  th;  pr.xont  t lev:-  wo  lu.vo  no  otandinr 
order  from  him. 

(4)  CO&UMBIA  itfs  WJiXS: 

Shooo  people  havo  boon  taking  about  lou  pound c  of  .urn 
i’honylonoc  li.ulno  n  wool:  over  einco  early  1:  ct  win  tor .  c:> 
co;  t  for  a  chort  Bine-:  of  timo  whou  t.oir  buclnoie  •■■ac 
r;uiot.  Shop  ucually  uco  about  100  noiinoc  a  wool:,  '..o 
chorgo  thorn  ^3, 76  per  pound.  Shop  oro  backod-up  by  a 
man  named  H.  s.  Snwyor  a  otraw  hat  rnnuf ac turor  in  How 
fork  City.  ,’!r.  hi.  lire  looked  up  hio  credit  and  found 
him  alright. 

ft)  U*30’w£lCX  JOS  BhaSDIilO  &  DViiIliO  CO’.LaJX,i!-.„  ioiU's 

She-  oc.oaoionr.lly  Bond  for  12  pounde,  and  forv.ard  tlio’.r 
chook' for  came  ot  '4.-01/  nor  pound  whon  ordorinp.  Shic  ic 
tho  fire t.  cue toraor  to  whom  :tr.  ..d icon  avor  cold  any  ;ara 
_  hanylonod laraino .  .  to  havo  da-.-pliod  thorn  over  cinoo  a  year 
ago  last  Spring . 

(6)  CCin.TULOli IS.'. , SSaLOBIH  &  DU3UI: 

Shlo  concern  Iv.c  boon  t.  very  a  to:  dy  customer  for  -arc. 
hcnylcncd i amine ,  but  i  an  a  li.llo  afraid  v.o  hnvo  lo.  t 
thorn  ton- orarily  on  account  of  tamo  poor  material  they 
claim  to  hc.vo  recolvod  from  ue  in  Juno  and  July  of  thlc 
yoar,  and  in  connootion  with  this  thoy  eay  thoy  cufforod 
uito  Bomo  d-mage.  v.hon  wo  cot  to  the  point  of  chipping 
the  improved  qullty  of  Para  -honylonodlanino,  I  think  wo 
can  win  thoeo  ouBtoraorc  back  and  alco  eomo  o tho re  with 
whom  wo  have  boon  dealing. 

(7)  SflOii  3  a.  liDISWH,  IHC..DI2C  RSCuhD.  DmEOJSHX  * 

Xhlo  department  ubob  approximately  41  to,  60  pounde  a 
week.  Some  timeB  it  will  bo  a  little  moi o ,  and  oomo  tlmoo 
a  little  leee.  1  have  planned  to  keep  on  hand  boro  at 
tho  Workc  from  310  to  600  r,oundc  of  Para  ihonylonedfiamine 
which  is  kept  in  the  stock  of  the  Dieo  Icocord  Blank  Depart¬ 
ment.  At  the  present  time  the  Dieo  iceoord  Blank  Dept,  hao 
'about  890  pounds  on  hand .  ! 

homo:  one' u.u  to  hr.  emory  -  I’( 

Phonylonodlanlno  -  i’gro  thrr 

(81  0i2i£s-ih  liHi-JSES: 

I  hi. 3  plunnod ,  whon  tie  wore  ready  to  ship  tho  improved 
quality,  to  oafco  a  Systematic  •rapolgn  to  roeovor  a  nunbor 
of  cuctomorc  r.o  h;  tv  :lo  »  on  account  o  oomo  :  oor  natoa  lal 
v.o  turned  out  dur'nc  .tho  early  ounnor  nontha.  Lot  no  re.  • 
chut  1  c&id  b-  for-.;  in  rjy  Ion,-  rooaorancun,  and  that  it  to 
caution  you  not  to  aofco  any  uflnii.-t.ionc  about  having  turn  a 
out  any  poor  quullt:  of  stuff. 


JJr.  iiooflocoroft: 

I  h;. vo  rocOivod  .einorleun  Oil  oontraote 
mentioned  in  tho  firot  yurt  of  thlo  memorandum  thlB 

11/13/16,  — - 


Ctj. . -rficU.  .4&C. 

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?0’Crrui~'  /i!ie,  6cM*\* . -/^gCL _ - <*4 - .«•(•£,. . . 

. /C-t-u.  .  cUfCt.  _ju.'c6c  /*uic,£ 

■6*ulli-vc*ui  .Luc, ...  ..&*<■  *#&■- . £sd?.£-»-~ - - - - - 


7w  .  -  ■•  ■  - 

ioseffitoar-li. - ''/&/A*- 

Thos,  A.  Edison,  Esd., 
Orange,  N.J. 


“"  B1”‘  to.  Co.plalnt  about  Will - 

Enclosed  plea..  find  a  letter  dated  October  Slot,  <™ 

,b.  Takejnlne  Laboratory  to  blt.ul  d  Co.  acoo.p.altd  by  tb.  o.t 
of  dooumente  .Mob  .or.  certified  by  tb.  African  con.ul  c.b.r.l 
at  Yokohama,  fro.  .blob  you  .111  find  that  331.400#  •'  ».ool 
.blob  .or.  oblppod  M  your  plant  .or.  found  not  up  to  tb.  u.». 


I  bar.  bean  trying  to  .but  off  all  tb...  oo.plaluto  at 
boot,  and  lu  fact  .ben  tb.y  o.blod  ».  ...oral  «...  to  try  to 
cancel  tb.  ord.r  for  October  Kov.ub.r  and  P.o.ubor  "«!»•»»  1 
.......fully  managed  to  ...p  tb..  fro.  furtb.r  and  oou- 

aequontly  I  did  not  bar.  to  take  that  .att.r  up  .Itb  you  at  all. 

Ho.over,  I  fool  ««”  “at  1  t0  i0  ln  “* 

tbl.  331,400#,  and  tru.t  tbat  you  «U  talk  tb.  -at...  o.or  .l.b 
..  in  tb.  uoual  frl.udly  .plrl«,  and  ....nd  to  »  your  a..l.t«oo, 
I  Will  come  out  to  eee  you  Thursday  morning  between 

-  a  - 

10:30  and  11:00  o'clock.  If  that  Is  not  convenient  to  you  kindly 
have  Mr.  Meadowcroft  telephone  me. 

Very  truly  yours, 


Tc\k  canine  LeJaorator^dxic.) 

Equitable  Building 
t^-Afew  York _ > 

October  SI, 


Hosers-:.  Mitsui  &  Co., 

25  Uadis on  Ave., 

l!ov;  York  City. 

With  regard  to  various  shipments  of  Carbolic 
Acid  v.hich  Ur.  Edison  shipped  to  Sankyo  &  £2*  *n«!at  ?he 

&^SfSSsXSi&^!&  tzz 

the  Official  Documents. 

l'ho  quantity  of  Ur.  Edison's  carbolic  acid  which  is 
claimed  to  be  bad  in  the  official^tatement  ls^g7;gO  lvod 

calimed  by  Sonkyo  So  Co.  to  be  poor. 

Will  you  be  good  enough  to  present  these  facts  to 

sustained  or.  account  of  the  poor  quality  of  the  good-. 

you  for  your  kind  attention  to  this  matter, 
with  kind  regards,  v.e  remain, 

Very  truly  yours, 





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tlr.  iiraory: 

p,  CojjSA-eefior" ctroot,  liow  2forl: 
a  -r.  tnlo  ToTIcg  me  STEorSoon  on  so  no  othor  nottoro 
ona^luoidoutally  etutod  they  huvo  boon  tryinc  to  cot 
holdof^.Loc^ood,  v.ho  hud  offered  then  oono  Uoxnnotlvlin 
Choi’  ctatod  that' ho  did  not  cot  „ho  oum;-lo  to  “h°'a  1  ll*  , 
tino.  and  tlioy  bourht  olootJhoro,  but  arc  non  in  tho  et 
arilh  and  '..out. to  buy.  but  nut  have  ixorn, .t  attention. 

jjr.  ^ioon  hirauolf  tvac  in  to  coo  thoco  pooplo 
thn  othor  da-,  and  had  a  oonvorcatlon  with  r.  nlchton- 
ct-'in.  Ur/.-dlton  oromlcod  to  cond  Mr.  Lltotonotoin 
a  canplo  or  our -nor;  Sunlit."  of  :ara  honylonodlmiuu*  no 
did  not  cu-  anyth! nr  to  no  about  it  co  I  ,1c  not  fcnow 
on” thinf^nbout  until  Mr.  Llohtautoin  auhod jno thor  ue 
had  aont  it.  Will  you  Mindly  hnvo  a  liboral  eanplo  of 
tho  nov  '  uullty  Cara  i-lionylonbaiamin©  eont  to  Goieonholnor 
t-  Co.,  for  tho  attention  of  Mr.  hlohouutoin. 

Uovember  16,1910. 

Geieonhoimor  h  Co., 

ISO  Cedar  street, 

Kow  iork,  Ii.i. 

Dear  hr.  Lichtenstein:  Attention  :.r.  Uchto,>cvo.i:;.^ 

Immediately  after  hanging 
tin  th  telephone  receiver  afternoon  I  cent 
a  note  down  to  Hr.  Emoriry  and  .Jr.  Lockwood  about  . 
netting  In  touch  with  you  on  the  matter  of  Sylonol 
iU*ture,  and  alco  ioqueeting  that  he  Bend  you  a 
liberal  sample.  1  have  nevor  had  anything  to  do 
with  the  rale  of  this  material. 

to  the  j.ara  rhenyloned  i amine ,  I  ro- 
mjed-ed  them  to  send  you  a  sample  of  the  now  product. 
Until  two  weeks  an®,  1  attended  to  the  Bales  of  our 
Chemicals ,  but  sir.  Edison  did  not  want  the  Laboratory 
to  become  a  Selling  Organization,  and  ho  turned  it 
o v.r  to  ilr.  Emory  and  Hr.  Lockwood  who  hove  organized  a 
Selling  Department  for  chemicals.  They  will  undoubt¬ 
edly  givo  you  yronryt  attention. 

I  am  sending  you  under  separate  cover,  a 
sample  of  Aylonol  Uixturo.  which  is  a  mixture  of  the 
different  tylenolo,  raosltolB,  eto.,  all  of  which  havo 
very  similar  properties.  It  is  insoluble  in  cold 
water,  and  slightly  soluble  in  hot  water.  It  iB  sol¬ 
uble  in  sodium  hydroxide  solution,  also  in  alcohol, 
ether  unfl  ore  Inary  solvents,  belting  Point  approi- 
matoB  7b-86°C. 

Tours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


WOOinCVia),AlA.  November  lb,  191b. 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirt- 

We  do  not  know  that  you  would  he  interested  in  the  purchase 
of  our  benzol  and  toluol  for  the  year  1917*  hut  in  view  of  the  fact 
that  you  have  made  some  inquiries  far  these  goods  during  the  past  year 
we  thought  it  advisable  to  give  you  an  opportunity  to  say  whether  or 
not  you  would  want  any  part  of  our  produotion. 

Please  he  good  enough  to  wire  us  on  receipt  of  this  latter 
whether  or  not  interested  and 
now  in  negotiation  with  large 
of  henzol,  toluol  aid  solvent 
an  answer  from  us  hy  Saturday 

rhb-b  - -  Vioe  President. 

the  best  price  you  can  pay  us,  as  we  are 
concerns  to  take  our  entire  production 
naphtha  for  the  year  1917  and.  they  want 
next,  if  possible. 

Yours  truly, 





Dear  Sir, 

*'  CH** 

Wallisellen,  17. November, 191G. 

(Zurich)  f  •  „ 

It JU  Ht- 

UrB*  “'nvi| 
Thomas  A.  Edison  <-“4 


B  e  . 


J  am  confirming  your7 kind  favour  of  the  13th  of  October, of  the 

contents  of  which  J  have  duly  taken  notice  and  for  which  J  beg, accept  my 


best  thanks.  / 

RefsErioclausino:  This  pigment  is  presently  only  manufactured  by 

Kessers  J.R.Geigy  -  Bale , firm  with  which  J  already  entered  into  con¬ 
nexion  and  from  which7  J  got  the  news  following: 

As  the  article  is  very  wanted, it  would  be  impossible  to  us  to  sell 
in  Switherland  thfe  quantity  asked  by  you; moreover  the  Agency  jof ^the  firm  J. 
R.Geigy  for  tWwhole  -  sale  for  America  is  in  the  hands  gf'J.R.Goigy , S .A. 

89  Barclay  Street  "ife^  York, with  whom  J  beg  you  to  enter  into  connexion. 

The  fabrication  of  Erioelausine  is  only  made,aB  already  Baid  above, 
by  this  firm  and  the  fabrication  of  this  article  is  till  now'  a  secret, so  that 
it  is  quite  impossible  to  me, to  remit  you  the  proceeding  for  the  fabrication 
of  this  pigment. 

Enclosed  J  am  remitting  you  a  list  ref/proceedings  for  the  fabrica¬ 
tion  of  coulours, which  J  am  owing  to  the  kindnesB  of  a  friend  of  mine  and 
which  J  could  hand  you  over  J  allow  me  at  the  same  time  to  add  the  prices, 
which  are  asked  for  each  single  proceeding. 

Jn  case  J  should  be  honoured  and  enabled  by  you, dear  Sir  to  do  any¬ 
thing  for  you  you  may  know, that  at  any  time  you  will  find  me  with  pleasure 
at  your  disposal. 


Telegrnmm  -  Adress : 
Telephone  Nr.  26 

Wallisellen,  17  .N  ovemher ,  1916 . 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange  . 

=  2  = 

Awaiting, dear  Sir, your  kina  reply  soon,heleive  me  to  he 

Very  respectfully  Yours 




Telegrnmm  -  Adress : 
Telephone  Nr.  26 



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Importers  &  Exporters 
130-134  CEDAR  STREET, 



A.  B.  C.  4mi,u],*s 

New  York,  N.  Y.  November  18,  1016. 

Mr.  Wm.  II.  Meadowcroft, 

%  The  Laboratory  of  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 


I  have  your  letter  of  November  16th  and  thank  you  very  kindly 
in  regard  to  turning  over  the  inquiry  to  Mr.Emery  and  Mr.  Lockwood. 

in  the  meantime,  1  have  had  the  pleasure  of  forwarding  you  the 
samples  of  dyestuffs,  and  hope  that  they  have  reached  you  promptly 
and  in  good  condition* 

When  the  Xylenol  Mixture  arrives,  X  shall  be  glad  to  look  into 

yours/ very,  truly, 



November  £0,1916. 

Ur.  itaeryi 

Herewith  I  band  you  a  letter  of  liitBui  &  Co., 
Limited,  dated  Hovember  l'/th,  asking  Ur.  lidieon  to  con¬ 
firm  hie  oral  offer  to  buy  the  entire  output  of  Toluol 
from  the  Woodward  plant  from  J  nnury  let  to  December  51et, 
1917,  at  ^1.26  per  gallon.  I  alBO  Bend  you  a  carbon 
oopy  of  a  letter  written  by  Mr.  Kdieon  to  MitBuI  &  Co., 
under  date  of  the  10th.  mutant,  confirming  hie  of 
the  above  ”, 

Will  you  kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of  theee 
letters  on  the  duplicate  of  this  memorandum. 





Movember  18,  1916. 

Mitsui  &  Co.,  ltd., 

Zb  Madison  Ave., 

Mew  York.M.Y. 

Gentlemen:  Attention  Mr.  Shunzo  Takaki: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  17th  instant, 

I  hereby  oonfirm  my  purchase  from  you  of  the  entire  out 
put  of  Toluol  from  our  Woodward  plant,  between  January 
1st  and  December  31,  1917,  at  the  price  of  $1.26  per 

You  will  therefore  be  able  to  go  away  on 
your  trip  to  Japan  without  any 'wory  about  thiB  product 
from  the  Woodward  plant. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  Thomas  A.  Ddisen. 

,■  //  ^TTT  Sl//~)  /)  Ss, 

^/f^;3^^^Koaembex_3a, _ -^Z.6  „ 


We  beg  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of 
your  letter  of  the  16th  instant  in  whioh  y/u  kindly 
proposed  to  pay  ua  §4,971.00,  or  half  the/oost  of 
redistilling  the  Phenol  we  have  complainerd  of,  for 
whioh  kindly  accept  otir  sincere  thanke,  and  we  hereby 
beg  to  assure  you  that  we  will  not  ask  you  for  any 
more  in  the  future  on  this  complaint  from  Japan *  but 
I  will  take  the  matter  personally  in  my  hands  and 
settle  this  complaint  direot  with  the  buyer,  and  even 
if  I  find  that  we  have  to  pay  more  we  will  not  trouble 
you  any  further. 

In  the  meantime  please  leave  this 
matter  alone  until  we  ask  you  to  remit  us  the  said 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  oonsideratioi 
in  this  matter,  we  are 

ST:  VC 



Woodt^rd  IKOX  Company 

^ VO 0]«KVRD,Al/i .  Hovemhor  30,  igi6. 

Wo  are  in  receipt  of  your  telegram  ,o|f  this  date  reading  as 


"We  are  supplied  with  benzol  up  to  July  nineteen  seventeen. 
Will  want  oome  after  that." 

We  are  at  present  figuring  on  a  contract  that  will-  take  our 
entire  production  of  benzol  and  toluol  for  the  year  1017*  If  wo  are 
able  to  sell  only  for  the  first  half  we  will  take  pleasure  in  conferring 
with  you  later  on  in  regard  to  your  requirements  for  the  laBt  half  of 
the  year. 

Thanking  you  for  your  prompt  roply,  we  are. 

Yours  truly. 

November  21,191G. 

Dominion  Iron  Z.  Steel  Company, 
Montreal,  Canada.  . 


You  will  undoubtedly  recall  the  fact 
that  under  my  original  contraot  arrangement  with 
you,  I  am  to  receive  a  royalty  of  one-oent  (10) 
per  gallon  on  all  the  Benzol,  Toluol,  Xylol  and 
Solvent  I! aphtha  chipped  from  your  plant  for  throe 
yea re  from  the  tine  of  its  completion.  This  royal¬ 
ty  wgb  intended  to  be  a  compensation  to  me  for 
my  furnishing  you  with  the  plane  for  your  Benzol 
Plant  at  Sydney,  and  for  the  assistance  which  I 
rendered  to  you  ^n  erecting  and  operating  same. 

Bor  some  time  past  I  have  been  expect¬ 
ing  you  to  render  me  an  accounting,  but  1  am 
afraid  the  matter  has  escaped  your  attention. 

I  therefore  take  occasion  to  remind 
yotfc.flflHtto  matter,  and  shall  be  glad  to  hear  from 
you  at  your-  early  convenience. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hovember  £2,1916. 

Mr.  Otto'rleeeer, 

328  Chestnut  Stroet, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

bear  Sir 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  instant,  has  boon 
received.  Let  me  say  In  reply  that  Hr.  saieon  is 
etlll  experimenting  with  the  Brio  Blue  B.G.Gelgy, 
and  was  not  quite  reedy  to  decide  when  be  left  yester¬ 
day.  He  Is  to  be  sway  two  or  three  days,  and  will 
take  up  the  matter  again  on  hlo  return. 

*  I  thank  you  for  tho  additional  llet  of. dyoe 
enclosed  with  your  letter,  and  will  bring  same  to  Hr. 
Hdloon's  attention. 

Yours- very  truly* 

Assistant  tour.  Edison. 


Oils,  Greases,  acids,  chemicals 


office.  New  York  City  M  /A 

»K,  n.  j.  Hovembep'  2^,^1931 6 .  *¥ 

Ur.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft,  .  y 

fo  Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratories , A \  yjr  xr  y 

Orange,  H.  J.  ^  <vA 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft :  IT  V, 

We  quote  below  extract  from  letter  receiVed  from\X  > 
G.  Gennert  on  the  subject  of  Para-amido-Phenol  Hydro  chloride*/ 

"We  have  written  to  you  a  number  of  times  / 
about  the  unsatisfactory  deliveries  of  Para-Amido^ 
Phenol  Hydrochloride  which  you  have  made  to  us,  one 
of  our  principal  complaints  being  the  excess  of 

m  1  While  the  quality  of  the  article  has  been 
steadily  improving  in  point  of  color,  and  there  has 
been  some  improvement  in  the  drying,  this  latter 

^ - point  should  have  your  further  consideration. 

X  \  We  find  that  the  Para-Amido -Phenol  which  has 

\  \  been  on  hand  here  for  a  week  or  longer  dries  out  coi 

C\  \  siderably  -  in  fact,  so  much,  that  a  gallon  bottle 

\  \l-)  t  l  instead  of  holding  five  pounds,  will  hold  only  four 

\  1  /  and  three-quarter  pounds. 

' /  We  have  pointed  out  to  you  in  former  letters 

that  we  ao  not  feel  justified  in  selling  either 

' - — ^  moisture  or  Hydrochloric  Acid  to  our  customers  on 

the  basis  of  the  dried  material,  and  we  must  re spec 
fully  request  that  the  goods  be  dried  out  before  de 
liver ing  the  goods  to  us." 

The  writer  was  at  the  Eastman  Kodak  Co.'s  plant  at 
Rochester  last  week,  and  Mr.  0.  W .Markus  their  purchasing  agen 

Bovember  £4,1916. 

Ur.  otto  Pleseer, 

628  Chestnut  Btrest, 

„  Philadelphia,  xa. 

Dour  air:- 

Tour  favor  of  the  21st  instant  woe  received. 
Hr.  liaison  wlohee  iqsj  to  soy  to  you  thot  the  Jirio  Blue 
B.  5.  Go lgy  did  not  work  out  satisfactorily  fox  his 
special  purpose.  He  would'  be  ranch  obliged  if  you 
would  Bend  to  too,  for  him,  a  earaple  of  SSrio  Bavy  Blue 
v.hioh  ie  in  your  list. 

Tours  very  truly, 

assistant  to  Ur*  Bdlson. 


u «4/;  v- 




_ November  34. . ^/6, 

Thos.  A.  Edison  Company,  ATT*N:  MR.  KEADOWCHOFT 

Orange,  N.  J. 



We  understand  from  our  Mr.  Kawamura  that  you  are 
going  to  Increase  the  output  of  the  above  material  from  next 
year,  to  1,000  pounds  per  day,  with  an  improvement  in  quality 
by  30$. 

The  sample  (in  lump)  given  to  Mr.  Kawamura  has  been 
taken  by  him  personally  to  Japan  and  test  will  be  made  of  same 
upon  his  arrival  on  the  otherside.  The  consumption  of  this 
material  in  Japan  is  estimated  to  be  somewhere  around  50,000 
lbs.  yearly.  It  is  mostly  used  for  dyeing  cotton  cloth,  and 
the  season  for  same  rangeBfrom  May  to  September. 

We  are  contemplating  plaolng  an  order  with  you  on 
Oontraot  basis  for  the  above  period,  provided  market  indications 
in  Japan  look  favorable.  We  think  we  can  take  this  matter  up 
definitely  when  we  hear  from  Mr.  Kawamura  upon  his  arrival  in 

T.  A.  E.  Co. 


In  the  meantime,  we  ask  you  to  kindly  post  us  about  your 
produotion  and  prices  for  future  delivery. 

Hoping  to  be  able  to  do  some  business  with  you  in  this 
line,  we  are, 


The  National  Fur  &  Tanning  Company 

. . .  (7}ja 


THREE  RIVERS.  MICH.  NOV.  24  ,  1916. 


VTe  are  wonderfully  pleased  with  the  dye 
stuff  fir  coloring  fur  black  that  you  sent  us;  Our  dyeman 
is  German  and  not  inclined  to  be  very  free  with  praise  for 
American  product  when  compared  with  that  of  the  Fatherland 


but  in  this  case,  of  your  dye,  says  it^just  as  good  and  mabe 
better  than  any  he  ever  used. 

The  '7ar  put  such  a  crimp  on  dyestuff  that  we  are  only 
using  one  pound  to  do  the  work  that  formerly  was  wasted  in 
doing  saxanxx  one  sonenth  as  much,  life  the  results  are  pos¬ 
itively  better.  Cut  out  about  fifteen  letters  in  the 
name  of  the  dye  so  I  can  spell  it  and  tho  saving  of  time 
'"ill  go  far  toward  paying  tho  differanco  in  price. 


26th  llov.  1016 


Ehos.A.Edison  Inc., 

Orange,  II.  J., 
Bear  Sir:- 


,v  ,  ^  3 

=■  ■:  v  v 


Your  letter  of  tho  21et  inst.  with  reference  to 
royalty  has  come  to  me  from  Montreal  office.  The  matter 
has  not  escaped  our  attention,  hut  we  propose  to  allow  it 
to  run  until  after  the  end  of  the  year.  It  will  he  more 
convenient  to  adjust  the'  matter  to  a  fixed  date  such  as 
31st  December  or  31st-  March  which  is  the  ond  of  our  fiscal 


W  Qlto  11® ''A!  ^(Jiso  n 


Hovember  27,1916. 

Ur.  J.  V..  2;  Mosb^ 

Dleo  Mould  Manufacturing  Division. 

Your  memorandum  of  the  22d  instant 
was  shown  to  Mr.  Edison.  no  has  decided  that  here¬ 
after  you  should  he  fumlBhed  with  our  regular  Benzol. 
Instead  of  Benzol  Heads.  I  will  send  a  memorandum 
to  Mr.  Emery  accordingly'. 



1  "  ^  7  • 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Chemicals  (E-16-16) 

Scty/fcncs  //ff^An- 

December-2nd-1916  ,e 




Thos.  A.  Edison  Company,  Inc., 

Orange,  N.J. 

Gentlemen: - 

We  are  in  the  market  for  ORTHO -TOLUIDINE 
and  also  PHTALIC  ANHYDRIDE.  r 

Please  name  us  your  lowest  price,  stating 
quantity,  packages,  tests,  etc. 

We  should  appreciat  e  an  early  reply, 

Yours  very  truly, 




NOTE:-  If  you  cannot  offer  us  these  products,  we 
should  he  pleased  if  you  would  refer  us  to  some  man¬ 
ufacturer  who  does. 

Becoraber  .4-,  191&. 

Hr.  A.  B.  Jonos,  Ilanager,  ’  - 

Amor'icon  Oil  &  .Supply  Co., 

93  William  Stroot, 

Hew  York,  II. Y. 

Boar  Hr. . Jones : 

■Although  you,  have  not  roceived 
any  answor  from  me  to  your  favor  of' the  23d 
ultimo,  please  do  not  infer  that  the  matter 
escaped  attontion^ 

I  took  tip  tho  matter  of  the’  moisture 
in  Para  Araido  Phenol  Hydrochloride  with  Hr. 
Sdison  and  Hr.  Christenson  immediately,  ana 
both  have  given  the  matter  attention.  I  am 
informed  that  proper  precautions  have  been 
taken’ now  to  thoroughly  try  the  Hydrochloride, 
and  1  hope  we  will  bo  so  successful  that  your 
customers  will  have  no  reason  for  further  com¬ 
plaint.  -  - 

Yours  very  truly,.. 

Ass istont  to  Hr .  Edison . 


December  4,  191C. 

Uitsui  &  Co.,  limited, 

2£  Madison  Avenue, 

•  Ken  York,  if.Y. 

Gentlemen :  '  Attention  Mr.  g.  gakatorl.  Sngineorlnr  Doot. 

lour  fuvor  of  the  1st  instant  lias  boon  re¬ 
ceived,  and  I  bee  to  say  in  reply  that  no  have  non 
almost  completed  tho  Board'  containing  parts  and  assem¬ 
bly  of  aur.  Alkaline  Storage- Battery  for  presentation 
to  the  Kyoto  Imperial  University. 

Soon  as  it.  is  ready,  we  will  forward  it  to 
the  Engineering  Department  of  your  Company,  in  accord¬ 
ance  with  ypur  request. 

Yours  very  truly, . 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 


Decent  er  5,  1916. 


Q.  How  many  oo-onlled  Personal  Plante  ore  there?  A.  One  Phenol.  One 
Aniline.  One  Anddophenol,  One  Benzidine,  oil  located  at  Silver  Late,  One 
Benzol  located  at  Woodward,  Ala.,  One  Benzol  looated  at  Johnstown,  Pa. 

Q.  How  nuoh  Phenol  doea  Hr.  Ediaon  manufacture  In  Mb  Personal  Plants? 

I  A.  About  three  tons  per  day,  praotlcally  all  of  vhlah  material  Is  sold 
for  domestic  use. 

Q.  How  mudi  Aniline  Oil  la  made?  A,  Approximately  two  tons  a  day  and  In 
•  addition  at  this  plant,  they  manufacture  Para  Phenyl  erne  diamine  approximately 
^HkOOO  lbs.  per  day. 

U.  What  Is  Para  Phenylenedlaalno?  A.  Ehls  Is  an  intermediate  used  In  its 
lower  dom  In  the  dyalng  of  fur  blaOk. 

Q,  What  Is  Para  Amldophenol?  A.  The  Base  is  also  on  intermediate  used  in 
the  State  in  which  we  manufacture  In  the  dyeing  of  furs  biown  and  the  Hydro- 
atoricb  Is  ubs d  in  photographic  development. 

Q.  What  quantity  of  Benzidine  do  ve  make  and  for  \*at  purpose?  A.  Approm- 
inntoly  a  ton  a  day.  Benzidine  is  also  on  intermediate  which  Is  used  by  color 
makers  In  the  development  of  the  higier  formB  of  dye  a  tuffs. 


Q,  What  is  benzol?  A.  Benzol  Is  a  ooal  tar  base  product  and  a  bi  product  of 
ooko.  All  of  the  benzol  which  we  prodnoe  Is  used  In  our  own  plant  In  the  davolop- 
nont  of  ooal  tar  products  above  referred  to.  It  la  used  In  the  manufacture  of 
synthetic  phenol.  Ehere  are  approximately  240  branches  of  die  ooal  tar  tree  in 
addition  to  lrnmoa  ruble  twigs.  Benzol  is  one  of  the  lower  basic  pro  loots. 

Q.  what  other  products  doea  Mr.  EaiBon  manufacture?  A.  Limited  quantities  of 
Acetanllld,  xylol,  naphthalene  flakes,  nitro  benzol,  Aniline  Salt,  Sodium  Aoetate, 
but  all  In  small  quantities  and  they  comprise  but  a  small  portion  of  the  capacity 
of  the  plants. 

q.  vtot  other  chendoalB  are  made  by  the  Edison  interests?  A.  ShomoB  A.  EdlBon,  4 

Ino,,  ovms  phenol  plant  Ho.  1.  which  mokas  two  or  three  tons  of  aynthotio  phenol 
per  day. 

(1,  Are  there  any  other  ohemloal  produots?  A,  Yes,  the  Edison  Chemical  Works  of 
the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Manufactures  Iron  Bi-Hydrogen,  approximately  three  to 
four  tons  per  month.  TMb  material  Is  used  by  manufacturers  la  beef.  Wine  and  Iran 
and  similar  constitutional  remedies.  Edison  Chanloal  Works  also  manufactures  the 
Ohemloal b  for  tfes  EcUbcsi  Alkaline  Storage  Battery  which  are  as  follows «- 

HiokBl  Hydrate 
"  Flake 
Heronry  Oxide 
Iron  Oxide  (Bed) 

Ferrous  Sulphate 

«  "  "  "  11  0. 

Cobalt  Sulphate 
it  n  Hydrate 
Hiotel  Sulphate 

/  \r 


S.:r  .V/  .H.Kendowcroft , 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A. Edison 
Orange ,  N .  J . 

Dear  Sir: 

Referring  to  our  telephone  conversation  with 
regard  to  the  powdered  "  Man  j  ale"  desired  by  Mr. Edison,  we 
regret  exceedingly  that  we  have  been  unable  to  give  his 
request  the  prompt  attention  that  vie  would  like,  and  we 
further  regret  that  in  spite  of  our  efforts  vie  must  ask 
your  kind  indulgence  for  a  few  more  days.  To  be  frank  with 
you  v;e  shipped  cur  very  limited  supply  of  this  material  to 
our  factory  at  Easton, ?a.,  but  unfortunately  we  discovered 
that  our  mills  out  there  would  not  grind  it  satisfactorily. 

V'e  now,  however,  have  another  shipment  of  this 
material  unloading  at  the  dock  and  we  have  just  acquired 
a  small  mill  here  in  New  York,  which  we  think  will  grind  it 
satisfactorily,  and  we,  therefore,  hope  to  be  able  to  send 
you  some  of  the  powdered  within  the  next  two  or  throe  days. 

It  is  doubly  unfortunate  too  that  we  have  none  of  the  unground 
material  in  New  York,  but  directly  we  have  the  shipment  which 
is  now  on  the  dock,  we  will  immediately  proceed  to  grind 
a  small  quantity  and  forward  it  to  you,  and  if  we  are  again 
disappointed  with  our  grinding  experiments  vie  villi  not  delay 
to  send  you  some  of  the  unground  material. 

V’e  sincerely  hope  that  this  delay  has  not 
caused  any  great  inconvenience  and  that  you  will  still  be  able 

Edgertyn  Company 

dyes,  Dyestuffs  and  Chemicals 


Dec.  7th  1916. 

Mr.  W.H.  Meadowcraft, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir,- 

We  have  tetftfcd  the  FUCHSINE  CRYSTALS 
we  received  from  our  Factory  but  we  find  that 
the  Fuchsine  or  Magenta  Crystals  we  supplied 
you  heretofore  are  far  superior,  in  fact  we 
believe  that  they  are  better  than  anything  else 
to-day  in  the  market.  We  once  more  enclose 
sample  of  them. 

You  will  find  likewise  enclosed  a 

sample  of 

BISMARCK  BROWN  R  @  $2.50  per  lb  OO 
which  we  can  highly  recommend  to  you.  *' 

In  regard  to  the  wool  navy  blue,  this 
is  being  made  up  specially  for  you  and  a  small 
sample  was  expected  this  morning,  and  as  we  do 
not  wish  to  hold  up  this  letter  any  longer  we  are 
mailing  you  the  two  samples  and  shall  follow  the 
sample  of  the  Plue  to-morrow. 

We  ask  your  indulgence  for  having  delayed 
this  matter,  and  hope  that  you  will  favour  us  with 
a  little  order,  which  we  can  assure  you  will  be 
very  carefully  attended  to. 

Yours  very  tr^, 
.  EDGERTYN  {, 

Samples  end: 

Bocldiill  &  Victor, 

22  Cliff  Stroot, 

He®  York,  11. Y. 

G.ontlemon : 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  tha  2d  instant, 
lir,  Bdiconwiehos  mo  to -say  that  he  hopes  to  begin 
making  tho  mixed  Coluidines  In  tho • early  part  of  ■ 
January,  and  it  is  possible  that.he  may  separate  tho 
throe.  ",  '  , 

,He  does  not  make  fihtalic  Anhydrido,  and 
suggests  that  you  write  to  the  Crade  Hons  Service, 

00  Pine  Streot,  He®  York  City.  -  1’hey  may  he  ablo 
to  refer  you  to  the  makers . 

Yours  very  truly, 

'  ••  ■■  ■  v  ;•  ’  • . 

.  Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

December  9,1910 

■Ur.  John  Bacon,  Jr., 

c/o  Edison  Benzol  Plant, 
bambria  Steel  Co.,' 

Johnstown,  PaV 

Dear  Hr.  3acon: 

Hr.  Edison  has'  an  Exhibit  Board 
showinf  hie  various:  products.  I  send  you  photo¬ 
graph  of  this.  You  will  see  that  at  the  top  we  - 
start, with  coal. 

In  order  to  make' tho  Exhibit  complete,  .  . 

we  want  to  mount  a  pioco  of  coal. at  each  Bide  of 
the  label  shown' at  the  tops,  of  tho  photograph. 

Will  you  ploaeo  obtain  and *  send  to  me  right  away, 
throe  or  four,  pieces  of  coal,  such  as  1b  used  iri  . 
the  Coke  Ovens.  Pieces  about  as  big  as  a  good  . 
dizo  Orange,  or  as  big  as  your  fist  would  bo  about 
right.  You  can  send  mo-  sovoral  lumpB  of  assorted 
sizes,  nnd  of  course,  as  good  looking  as  possible. 

It  will  be  a  little  extra  trouble,  but 
'  I  thought  you  could  wrap  up  tho  piocos  in  paper 
so  ,that\they  will  not  como  all  bro3:en  up  In  tran¬ 
sit.  Vi  ill  you  ploaso  try  and  got  this  off  by  ex¬ 
press- so  that  I  can  roceivo  it  by  Yuosday  or  V.ednos- 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 

A/l53£ , 

OH*  V^**1^ 

W.  H.  Meadoworoft,  1 

Edison  laboratories. 
Orange,  H.  J. 
Bear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: - 


I  called  you  up  on  the  "phone  to-day  hut  found 
you  would  not  he  in. 

There  is  a  ohemist  who  has  submitted  speoimens 

of  dyes  to  textile  chemists  and  purchasers  of  dyestuffs, 
and  has  letters  indicating  that  the  quality  of  the  dyes 
he  haB  are  equal  to  that  of  the  commercial  German  dyes, 
and  he  claims  he  a an  readily  demonstrate  to  experts  hav¬ 
ing  a  knowledge  of  the  industry,  that  hiB  dyes  can  he 
made  at  an  exceedingly  low  price. 

As  Mr.  Brady  is  interested,  with  Mr.  Edison, 
in  a  dye  proposition,  and  if  thiB  man  has  something  that 
Mr.  EdiBon  wants,  it  might  he  of  mutual  advantage  for 
this  man  to  go  out  and  see  Mr.  Edison,  and  if  he  thirikB 
well  enough  of  it,  I  will  arrange  the  matter. 

Will  you  kindly  let  me  know,  and  oblige 

Sinoerely  yours, 

;  ' ;  "  fa 

u^  JL^. s.  W'  ^  ut^*£\l. 

>^~j*+  —  .rv®"' 

_|feH^  V—/  <^-*»  ^ 

J  W**., <s6*~ ^ 

J^V  -Wo-if-4.  t£a~,  tf-0 


With  reference  to  your  communication  of  December 
12th,  and,  the  visit  of  your  Mr.  Meadowcrof t,  we  regret  to 
state  that  upon  looking  up  our  foreign  correspondence  on  the 
question  of  : 


identical  to  the  sample  furnished  us  by  you,  we  find  that 
no  later  than  a  week  ago  we  received  a  communication  in  which 
they  said  that  it  was  absolutely  impossible  for  them  to  furnish 
.this  article  under  present  conditions,  no  matter  what  we  were 
willing  to  pay.  This  simply  means  that  it  is  impossible  for 
them  to  get  the  necessary  raw  material  to  manufacture  the  art 

cle  and  make  shipment  to  the  United  States.  They,  kn 
we  require  these  goods,  will  make  every  effort  to  sec 
necessary  raw  material,  and,  if  they  can,  the  goods  w 
forward. without  further  request  on  our  part. 

Yfe  regret  that  there  is  nothing  that  we  can 
do  to  help  you  out  in  this  matter  unleeB  our  : 


as  sampled  to  you  will  answer  your  requirements.  In 

Laboratory  of  Thos  A  Edii 
Orange,  New  Jersey 

we  can  from  time  to  time  furnish  you  with  small  quantitii 

Very  truly  yours, 
Geigy  -  ter  Meer  Company. 


American  Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

Oils,  Greases,  Acids,  Chemicals 

and  Dyestuffs  ^  ’***' 

/  j  L  92  WILLIAM  STREET^' 

\  If)  ^  New  York  City 

./  December  15,  1916.  , 

n«»,  Jsreojr.  1  »rt  <A'  H»“n  \ 

*«  &3T-.  H  *7*-  ^ 

v,;e  wish  to  advise  that  v;e  are  still  experiencing 
difficulty  with  the  sale  of  your  Para phenylene diamine ,  and 
that  without  one  single  exception  the  customers  that  we  have  , 
on  this  material  are  complaining.  ^  yhcdt  ^Ua 

on  this  material  are  complaining.  ^Ua 

,/e  were  advised  yesterday  by  Hr.  ll.  J.  Goodman, 
with  whom  we  have  already  made  an  adjustment  based  on  his  pre¬ 
vious  complaint  by  sending  him  a  quantity  of  Paraphe nylenediamiru 
without  charge,  tliat  he  had  just  had  returned  to  him  6000  slcins 
whicn  were  dyed  with  the 

V.'e  were  also  advised  by  Hr.  August  Bode  on  Monday  of 
this  week  that  a  claim  has  been  filed  against  him  by  one  of  his 
customers  for  ^5, 500.  for  ‘damages,  due  to  skins  which  wore  dyed 
with  your  Paraphe ny lenediamine  turning  red,  and  likewise,  that 
he  had  received  notice  that  morning  that  some  3000  large,  skins 

“”u  ■“  -»— *  *°  “•  «af«u 

Both  of  these  oonborns  havo  told  us  that  they  will  be 
unable  to  accept  any  further  deliveries  against  their  contracts 
if  they  are  to  expect  material  of  the  same  quajLity  aa;  delivered 

In  addition  to  this,  ’ 
of  Oaosileth  £:  lie  skin,  Schiff  B: 
Works,  who  have  refused  to  take 
contracts  3ince  last  August,  am 
endeavors  to  make  an  adjustment 
factory  and  overcome  the  in,,  comp! 

contracts  with  the  films 
1  the  Superior  i’ur  Dye 
raphenylenediarnine  on  thei: 

ra  of  Oassiletli  Z-.  lie  skin  Have  demands 

thousand  dollars  for  damages,  with  the  privilege  of  returning 
600  pounds  of  the  dye  which  they  claim  is  of  no  value ,  and  the 
cancellation  of  the  portion  undelivered  on  their  contract.  This 
we  have  refused  to  do,  and  they  have  advised  our  attorney  throug 
their  attorney  that  they  will  immediately  bring  suit.  Our  attor 
ney  has  suggested  to  us  that  inasmuch  as  suit  will  be  brought  tli 
first  of  next  v.eek,  it  might  he  well  for  us  to  start  suit  agains 
them,  basins:  our  suit  for  breach  of  contract,  which  would  t 

this  concern  in  a  defensive 


New  York  City 

aohiff  Bros,  have  advised  ns  that  cney  will  oo 
no  ad  Ins  too  u  t  until  t]ie  end  of  the  year  wnontuey  will  1 
to  tell  the  full  extent  of  their  loss,  noth  through  allc 
to  their  customers,  and  of  time,  labor  ana  material  e„p« 
redying,  v;here  that  form  of  adjustment  via.;  made  with  one 

h'o  might  state  that  wo  wore  advised  by  your  o: 
that  you  were  nroduoiiig  a  Saxapnonylonodiamino  luiusi  a  i 
cess,  and  the  sample  which  has  he  on  suomttod  >.o  us  seer 
u*  „«vv  n.-'ti  wfactorv.  and  knowing  the  ieelmgo  oi  one  o. 

due  on  their  November  quota, 
new  material  and  it  W.s  hilled 
in-  it,  Hr.  Goodman  callod  us  o: 
writer  to  call  and  loo.:  at  the  i 

am  personally  ahlo  to.  determine 
their  pretention  is  correct. 

In  tulhing  with  Ur.  U 
send  us  25  uounds  of  the  materi 
we  are  to  deliver  to  our  custom 
which  they  state  is  of  no  use. 

dv, 'croft  today, 
nade  hy  the  nev 

o :  Parauhenvlonediamine  in  stocm,  and  v.-e  iie-u.-w 
°t  re  ar“  nfrid  it  will  only  result  in  a  continuauc 
state  of  dissatisfaction,  and  if  you  are  making  am 
you  feel  is  satisfactory,  we  would  like  to  nave  the 
exchanging  this  material  for  same. 

he  would  also  thank  you  to  make  some  sugge 
how  we  should  handle  the  complaints,  including  the  c 
suit  has  boon  started. 

Awaiting  with  interest  your  reply,  and  exl 
Season’s  Compliments,  we  are. 

Oil  &  Supply  Co. 

jils,  Greases,  acids,  chemicals 

New  York  City 

Sohiff  Bros,  have  advised  us  that  they  will  consider 
no  adjustment  until  the  end  of  the  year  when  they  will  he >  ah lo 
to  tell  the  full  extent  of  their  loss,  both  through  allowances 
to  their  customers,  and  of  time,  labor  and  material  expended  in 
redying,  where  that  form  of  adjustment  was  made  with  their  cus¬ 

We  might  state  that  wo  wore  advised  by  your  offi< 
vs4%  you  were  producing  a  Paraphenylenediamine  under  a  new 
ness  and  the  sample  which  has  been  submitted  to  us  seemed  to 
b^very  satisfactory,  and  knowing  the  feelings  of  one  of  our 
nustomers  namely,  I.Ir'.  B.  J.  Goodman,  we  agreed  to  deliver  So 
pouiids  of’this «i  material  to  them  for  the  25  pounds  remaining 
due  on  their  llovember  quota.  V/e  asked  for  25  P0]^  °f  the 
new  material  and  it  was  billed  to  us  as  such,  and  after  receiv- 

s  .1,- 

am  personally  able  to.  determine  from  an  optical  examination 
their  pretention  is  correct. 

In  talking  with  Hr.  Meadoworoft  today,  he  promised  to 
send  us  25  pounds  of  the  material  made  by  the  new  process,  which 
we  are  to  deliver  to  our  customer  in  exchange  for  the  material 
which  they  state  is  of  no  use. 

We  might  also  state  that  we  have  several  hundred, pound 
of  Paraphenylenediamine  in  stock,  and  we  hesitate  to  send  it  out 
as  we  are  afraid  it  will  only  result  in  a  continuance  of  this 
state  of  dissatisfaction,  and  if  you  are  making  a  material  which 
you  feel  is  satisfactory,  we  would  like  to  nave  the  privilege 
exchanging  this  material  for  same. 

i  as  such,  and  after  recei1 
i  telephone  and  asked  the 
-ial ,  stating  that  it  was  < 

We  might  also  state 

C  Paraphenylenediamine  in  sto 

3  we  are  afraid  it  will  only 
iate  of  dissatisfaction,  and 

how  v/e  shorild  handle  the  complaints 
suit  has  been  started. 

:  you  to  make  some  suggest ioi 

reply,  and  extending  the. 

December  16,1910 

Hr.  Shoe.  E.  Hurray, 

54  Wall  Street, 
lion  York,  II.  Y. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hurray;  '  . 

I  recoivod  your  favor  .of 
the  14th  Instant  and  showed  it  to  Hr.' Edison. 

He  wishes  mo  to  say  to  you  that 
there  is  a  lot  of  eohomors  running  around  the 
Country  who  claim  to  have  formulae, and  factory 
processes,  and  who  want  to  got  ““ 

Hr.  Unison  do  os  not  thinkwe  Bhould 
go  into  Dyos,  but  should  wo  subsequently  desire 
to  do  so  ho  can  buy  the  whole  formulae  and  shop 
practice  in  all  details  from  men  in  Basie,  Switz¬ 
erland  ,  who  are  now  interned,  fhoeo  mon  are 
known  to  have  boon  Hananors  of  largo  Chemical 
works.  Hr.  Edison  even  has  the  price  for  each 
formula  for  more  than  forty  of  the  most  useful 
dyes,  > 

:  Yours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  EdiBon. 


December  18,1916 

Ur.  Joseph  A.  Dari: in, 
lies  York,  li.Y. 

Doar  ;.  r.  Durkin : 

I  think  the  British  Government 
should  appropriate  cuy  kCOOG  to  Gill- College  to 
permit  tho  Professor  of  Uhouietry  to  uncupo  a  r.ian 
to  conduct  oxporinente  'towards  getting  tho  nothyl 
radical  into  Benr.ol  to  produco  toluol.  I  have 
done  a  little  work  oh  tills  myself  and  obtained 
tracoc  of  Toluol,  b.-t  I  had  no  time  to  continue 
tho  experiments.  I  see  no  reason  why  this  can't 
bo  done. 

very  truly. 



Steih,Himsh  a  Company 



'  .  — — - »*  Deo.  19,  1916. 

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Ur,  Thomas  A.  Edison,  &.  t^sA  Tt^c|  +<**’&*** 

Orange,  H.  J.  £u^..,  -  SUuy,<i£/J 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison;  p^* 

.,  ,  h^Ai^ute^  C  **W 

Six  or  BovenVweffka  ago  I  oallefd  up  Mr.  //  // 

Meadoworoft  to  inquire  shout  making  a  new  oontraot  with  yotr  n'D'  ^ 
on  oarholio  aoid  for  1917.  Mr.  Meadoworoft  informed  me 
that  you  had  made  new  arrangements  for  the  sale  of  your  goods 
and  that  the  Belling  waB  now  in  the  hands  of  Mr.  Lockwood  in 
Hew  York.  A  few  days  later  we  oommunioated  with  Mr.  Lockwood, 
and  he  stated  that  he  would  oome  to  see  us  in  referenoe  to 

One  evening  a  few  days  later  some  time 
after  6  P.M. ,  Mr.  Lookwood  called  at  the  offioe  to  asoertain 
whether  we  could  help  him  out  in  postponing  the  delivery  of 
a  oar  of  naphthaline  and  Btated  that  he  would  see  me  again 
in  a  day  or  two  in  referenoe  to  new  business. 

Since  this  time  I  have  not  seen  Mr. 

Lookwood  nor  has  he  made  the  slightest  attempt  to  offer  us 
oarholio  or  any  of  your  products. 

i  I  have  gone  to  the  trouble  of  writing 
the  above  to  you  because  I  thought  that  you  wanted  our  business 
but  I  can  only  oonolude  from  the  action  of  Mr.  Lookwood  that 
you  did  not  oare  to  sell  us  anything  further. 

I  regret  this  exceedingly,  as  you  must 
surely  know  that  I  considered  our  relations  with  you  very 
friendly  and  hoped  that  it  was  Just  the  beginning  of  large 
and  increasing  business. 

I  feel  awfully  sorry  that  Mr.  Lockwood's 
action  has  caused  us  to  place  contracts  for  carbolic  with  other 
manufacturers,  although  I  tried  my  best  to  give  you  the  business. 

I  was  wondering  whether  there  was  any 
parti aiar  reason  for  the  present  situation.  Have  we  done 
anything  that  you  did  not  approve  of? 

(Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison . #2) 


Business  aside,  I  certainly  am  anxious  to  retain  your 
good  will  and  friendship  and  truBt  that  whatever  may  have  happened 
in  huBiness  will  not  affeot  our  personal  relations. 

With  my  very  heat  regards  and  wiBhing  you  a  merry 
Christmas,  I  am. 

Very  sincerely. 

IS  U 

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Iir.  leo  Stein,  • 

61  Broadwey , 

flow  York,  H.Y. 

Friend  Stoin: 

As  you  already  know,  I  no  longer 
sell  the  ehomic'al  products  mysolf  through  23r . 
lloadovcroft,  but  turned  the  whole  thing  over 
to  Ilr.  Emery,  who’ has  engaged  l!r.-  Lockwood  to 
get  around  to  soc  customers. 

So  far  as  I  am  personally  concerned, 
I  would  continue  to  trade  with  you  In  prefer- 
onoe  to  any  other  person,  except  Hoffman,  but 
the  trouble  is  that  Emery  is  trying  to  get  the 
highest  prices  possible. .  Of  course,  1  cannot 
quarrel  with  this.  -  N 

I  will  make  some  inquiries  and  find 
out  why  ho  does  not  have  Lockwood  call  and  soe 

Personally,  you  and  I  will  have  no 
quarrel  with  each  other. 

With  the  Compliments  of  the.  Season 
and  all  good  wishos,  I  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

P.S.  Since  the  abovo  wob  written  1  have  loarned 
that  Lockwood  has  callod  on  you  thiB  morning. 

December  20,1910. 

Goigy-^er  Uoer  Company,  . 

89  Barclay  E treat, 

•  ,  Hew  York,  H.Y. 

Gentlemen:  Attention  :~r.  \7m.  F.  Kip. 

Referring  once  moro  to  your  favor  of. the 
lbth  Instant,  I  beg  to  rep'oat  what  I  told  you  ovor 
the  tolephono  yoGt onlay,  namely,  that  if  it  is  a 
question  of  raw  materials  to  make  the  Brioglaueine, 
.Mr.  Bdicon  thinkc' ho  can  furnish  the  came  and  would 
be  glad  to  have  you  advise  him  just  what  is  wanted. 
He  has  a' copy  of- the  Patent. 

lours  very  truly,  ' 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Sdison. 


P.S.  Hr.  jidison  wants  very  much:  to  get  the  Erioglaucine 
A  for  some  important  experiments.  He  hopes  he  can  get 
your  people  to  make  some  for  him  s 
very  well  get  time  to  make  it  for  himself. 

3.  he  iB-  so  busy  he  canaot 

Mrs- -Thomas  A.  Edison, 

W.  Orange,  Attention  Mr.  Meadowfiraft. 

H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

We  have  had  several  inquiries  for  Benzidine,  and  as 
we  understand  that  you  will  soon  manufacture  this  product, 
kindly  let  us  know  if  you  intend  to  make  this  in  paste  or  dry 
form.  We  would  appreicate  any  particulars  you  may  give  us 
regarding  this . 

Wishing  you  the  Compliments  of  the  Season,  we  remain. 


Greetings  to  the  Hombers  of 

American  Bracelets  Syndicate: 


I  havo  boon  somewhat  interested  in 
your  lino  of  sorrow  and  worry  for  the  loot  two 
yoers,  manufacturing  many  kinds  of  chemicals 
for  human  and  inhuman  purposes.  Although  X 
was  tho  first  in  tho  fiold  on  some  linos,  I. 
shall- probably  bo  tho  first  one  to  rotiro. 

2horo  axo  So  many  chemical  works  now 
boing  erected,  that  it  will  not  be  vory  long 
before  nroctieally  evory  known  bhomical  will, 
bo  mado'in  tho  U.  S.  A.  in  quantities  to  suit. 
as. to  price,  -  don't  worry,  -  cutting  pr'icos 
is  a  favorite  American  pastime.  Chat  s  why  I 
expect  to  rotiro. 

, Yours  vory  truly. 

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During  the  week  beginning  January  32nd,  the  35,000  retail  druggists 
of  the  United  States  who  are  members  of  the  American  Druggists'  Syndicate 
will  hold  their  eleventh  ANNUAL  CONVENTION  in  the  City  of  New  York. 

As  one  of  the  first  to  come  to  the  rescue  of  this  country  and  en¬ 
gage  in  the  commercial  manufacture  of  carbolic  acid,  when  the  European 
War  left  it  in  a  helpleee  and  serious  position  for  lack  of  this  great  medical 

3 tapis,  the  pharmacists  of  the  United  States  feel  at  this  time  that  they _ 

as  well  as  the  nation  at  large - owe  you  a  deep  sense  of  gratitude  for  your 

initiative  and  courage,. 

With  a  continuation  of  the  War,  thousands  of  American  pharmacists  hope¬ 
fully  look  to  ycu  to  still  further  relieve  the  present  unprecedented  con¬ 
dition,  in  which  the  curtailment  of  necessary  drugs  and  cheraioalB  from 
abroad  has  placed  them. 

On  the  occasion  of  their  big  annual  gathering,  they  ask  the  courtesy 
•of  a  message  from  you,  to  be  read  to  the  convention,  outlining  your  views 
on  the  possibility  of  the  United  States  being  made  FREE  and  INDEPENDENT 
of  Europe  through  the  genius  and  resouroefullnese  of  American  chemists  for 
those  drugs  and  chemicals  so  vital  and  indispensible  to  ths  life,  health 
and  welfare  of  the  American  people. 

What  can  we  do  a9  a  nation  to.  eolv9  this  problem  for  future  generations! 
What  opportunities  havs  we  that  ws  are  neglecting? 

From  your  vast  expsrienca  and  research  in  the  fisld  of  chemistry 
your  views  on  this  subject  will  have  an  interest  and  value  to  the  pharm¬ 
acists  gathsrsd  hers  from  all  part3  of  the  United  States,  second  to  none 
in  this  country.  To  the  nation  as  a  whole,  a3  well  as  the  assembled  pharm¬ 
acists,  they  'will  be  an  inspiration  and  stimulus. 

We  know  you  are  an  awfully  busy  man,  but  we  feel  the  subject  is  one 
of  such  transcending  importance  to  the  American  people,  that  we  venture  to 
intrude  on  your  privacy  to  ask  you  to  show  ths  convention  this  courtesy, 

With  assurances  of  pur  great  admiration  for  all  you  have  done  and  trusting 
that  you  may  feel  disposed  to  grant  this  request,  balisve  us. 

Very  truly  yours, 



Silver  Lake.  N.  J. 

the  past  year.  V/e  propose  doing  this  on  account  of  cutting  off  the  manufac¬ 
ture  of  Aniline  Oil  and  Hyrbane  after  the  first  of  the  year  and  it  will  now  he 
much  easier  to  work  this  material  properly  than  it  will  he  later  on. 

V/e  have  also  several  lots  of  Aniline  Salts  and  returned  Phenol  that 
will  have  to  he  worked  up  and,  if  possible,  X  propose  to  have  these  several 
lots  all  cleaned  up  during  the  next  week  or  two.  V/e  have  cut  out  manufacturing 
the  Aniline  Salts  as  Hollander  will  not  draw,  again  until  after  the  first  of  the 

Che  new  Para  still  pot  was  delivered  here  last  night'  and  vie  hope  to 
have  this  in  conmission  during  the  next  few  days.  V/e  are  still  having  diffi¬ 
culty  in  holding  the  coils  in  the  finished  Phenol  stills  hut  we  look  for  a 
hotter  output  from  now  on  as  new  still  coils  have  Seen  substituted. 


Silver  Lake,  N.  J. 

December  22nd,  1916 

A iv  ^ 

Ht  ^  tfS--'  4^ 

Hr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

As  we  advised  you  yesterday  over  the  telephone,  we  advised  Hollander 

s-siS-iiSE-s  r~ 

first  of  January. 

^  i-a^-sw.'srs-s  F  rSHsHrJF 
sitarjs  assure  nt.  km ;; -Star 

we  mde  with  Hollander  oh  account  of  a  lot  of  defective  salts  that  he  had  on 
hand  that  we  replaced  with  new  salts. 

We  are  eiving  you  this  information  as  it  may  be  that  when  you  are 

to  date. 

"  ^  -  V?i 


Decombor  £3,  1916. 

Edgortyn  Company,  Ino., 

25  Pino  Street,,. 

lion  York,  II.  Y. 

Gontlenen:  , 

About  three,  nooks  ago  we  ordered  20 
pounds  of  Bismarck  Brown  H  at  $2.50  per  pound  on  tho 
understand irig  that  immediato  delivery  nat.  to  be 
made . 

As.  no  have  not  roceivod  thia  material, 
we  hereby  canool  the  order.  - 

Yours  vory  truly,  •* 

'  Edison  laboratory. 


December  £3,1916 

P.  Brodt  &'  Co.,  - 

240  hater  Street,  - 

-  Hofe.York,  II.  Y.  -  ^ 

Gentlemen:  -  Attention- Hr,.  Geo,  ft.  BrlBhV  . 

Your  favor  of  tho  21ot  instant  has' 
been  received,  and  I  beg  to  say  that  wo  are 
going  to  make  -Bensidino,  and  can  moke  either  ' 
Base  or  Sulphate.  1  cannot  give  you  any 
■  definite  dato.of  delivery  yet,  as  wo  are- very 
much  delayed  on  account,  of  ' troubles  - in  obtain¬ 
ing  machinery. 

Wishing  you  the  Compliinonts  of  the 
Season,  -I  roraain,  .  - 

Hours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

Lord  Hortholiff, 
o/o  "The  Dally  Mail", 


England • 

My  dear  Hortholiff: 

I  enclose  copy  of  a  letter 
which  I  have  just  mailed  to  Eletcher  Moulton, 
at  the  Munitions  Office.  It  explains  itself. 

I  am  very  much  in  need  of  the  Diamond 
bort  for  use  as  points  in  my  phonograph,  but 
they  are  withheld  while  other  firms  are  per¬ 
mitted  to  get  them.  I  feel  this  is  a  great  in¬ 
justice  to  me,  especially  as  the  withholding  is 
based  on  a  suspicion  which  is  entirely  without 
foundation,  and  the  groundlessness  of  which  is 
easily  susc.eptible  of  proof. 

Have  you  a  confidential  man  in  Hew 
York?  If  so,  please  send  him  to  see  me. 

With  kindest  regards  and  the  Season's 
greetings,  I  remain, 

Yours  sincerely, 

710 1 




I Y <-/■&.  IYvucI&aA 




Fletcher  Moulton,  Esq., 
London,  England. 

My  door  Moulton: 

I  assume  from  a  letter  which  yoii 
wrote  me  some  time  ago  that  you  are  at  tlio  head 
of  tiie  Explosive  Department  of  the  Government. 

I  want  to  make  .an  explanation  and  sot 
myself  right  in  relation  to  the  contract  for  Tol- 
uol.  I  had  with  your  Government  through  J.P. Morgan 
&  Company. 

1st •  The  contract  wcb  made  before  my  Mill 
was  in  operation.  Tho  output  waB  estimated  to 
be  a  certain  quantity,  more  or  less,  based  on 
normal  Cokeing  Coal. 

£d.  I  had  estimated  that  tho  plant  was  to 
have  a  capacity  of  2000  gallons  daily  of  Benzoid 
hydrocarbons,  using  normal  coal. 

3d.  i'.hen  tho  plant  waB  actually  operated, 
it  was  found  that  the  Coal  used  was  ;from  a  local 
basin  and  induratod,  giving  only  17^  of  volatile 
matter  as  against  27  to  ZOj'u  with  normal  coals. 

4th.  The  output,  instead  of  giving  tho  ex¬ 
pected  2000  gallons  daily;has  never  and  docs  not 
now  produce  over  575  gallons  of  Benzol  and  Toluol, 
together,  daily. 

5th.  All  this  can  be  confirmed  easily  through 
the  Cambria  Steel  Company.  Every  gallon  of  Toluol 
made  at  ray  plant  during  tho  contract  year,  went 
to  your  Government.  I  distilled  it  twice  and 
Doraetimos  throe  times,  to  get  it  very  pure,  although 
my  contract  called  only  for  98yi  purity. 


i'lotchor  Moulton,  Esq .  -2- 

6th.  I  have  just  sold  the  entire  output 
of  this  plant  and  part  of  another  to  your  Board 
in  Canadu,  and  in  both  casco  at  a  loivor  price 
than  I  oould  got  olsovchoro.  In  the  first  sale, 
to  J.  P.  Ho r f;an  &  Company,  tho  Gorman  Chemical 
Manufacturer 's  pool  in  this  Country  offered  far 
more  money  and  in  tho  last  mentioned  salo  DuPont 
offorod  more. 

7th.  The  reason  I  did  this  is  t3iat  I  am 
intensely  pro-Ally,  and  I  have  gono  out  of  my 
way  in  many  instances  to  help. 

8th.  I  designod  tho  Benzol  plants  for  the 
Dominion  Steel  Co.  at  Sydney  and  also  the  Sault 
Ste  Marie  plant.  I  loaned  them  my  patterns 
without  oharge  and  even  workod  ono  of  my  shops  night 
and  day,  without  profit.  I  also  had  their  mon 
taught  at  my  Cambria  plant?  all  for  tho  right 
to  buy  some  3ont:ol  and  to  assist  tho  Allies  by 
hastening  tho  production  of  Toluol  in  Canadian 
plants . 

9th.  I  make  those  explanations  for  tho  reason 
that  it  has  just  been  intimated  to  mo  that  tho 
reason  why  I  am  unable  to  procure  diamond  bort 
from  England  for  my  Phonograph  points,  (while 
other  shops  are  permitted  to  import  them),  is 
duo  to  a  belief  in  the  Munitions  Office  that  I 
acted  dishonorably  in  tho  Toluol  contract. 

10th.  I  enclose  tho  roports  of  a  Commercial 
Agency  on  ono  Herbert  Lewis,  to  whom  I  first  sold 
tho  Toluol  for  your  Government.  This  sub¬ 
sequently  taken  over  by  J.  P.  Horgun  &  Co.  Ur. 

Lewis  represented  him6olf  as  an  agent  of  the 
Munitions  Offico.  Huving  boon  caught  in  a  miSBtato- 
raont  ho  afterwards  stated  he  was  not  an  agont  but 
represented  one  of  tho  chiof  men  connected  there¬ 
with.  He  has  now  sued  me  for  Commissions.  Any 
statement  he  may  have  made  to  tho  Munitions  Offico 
may  well  be  doubted,  as  you  will  conclude  after 
reading  these  reports. 

11th.  A  copy  of  the  contract  with  J.  P.  Morgan 
&  Company,  as  agent,  is  oncloBed. 

Hoping  you  aro  in  good  health,  and  with  the 
Compliments  of  the  Season,  I  remain. 

Yours  sincerely, 

(signed)  Thomas  A.  Edison. 


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Sept.  21,  ,191'i . 

Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  the  matter  of  your  inquiry  about  Herbert  Lewis,  ftn  876, 

E2  Bwey ,  at  present  this  man  is  out  of  the  city,  but  he  has  quarters 
at  the  above  address  with  the  bond  Scale  Co.,  of  which  his  friend, 

Earl  B.  Elder  is  the  H.Y.  representative.  Lewis  appears  to  have  had 
some  sort  of  a  war  deal  on  with  Elder  and  others,  some  of  which 
deals  we  understand  have  not  materialized,  although  we  have  been  told 
that  Lewis  did  put  through  one  or  more  war  orders. 

Lewis  is  not  reliable,  and  does  nq,t  pay  some  of  his  bills. 
May  10/16  0.  S.  Kleeberg  entered  a  judgment  against  him  for  $254.79, 
which  we  believe  grew  out  of  a  note  or  borrowed  money,  and  on 
which  only  a  small  payment  haB  been  made  to  date.  HiB  promise  to 
pay  the  balance  on  the  installment  plan  has  not  been  kept.  We  believe 
same  applies  to  a  judgment  entered  against  him  June  23/16  in  favor 
of  E.  Friedman  for  $42.96. 

Lewis  is  an  English  Jew,  about  43  years  of  age,  and  said 
to  have  married,  the  niece  of  a  man  named  HertB  who  died  leaving  an 
estate.  It  is  believed  that  Lewis'  wife  haB  some  means. 

Years  ago  Lewis  worked  for  the  0.  J.  Oude  Co.,  the  outdoor 
advertising  concern,  where  he  did  not  make  a  favorable  record.  In 
1911  he  worked  for  Howard  Earle  and  Gustave  Kobbe,  who  had  an  adver¬ 
tising  proposition  called  "The  Lotus",  a  small  magazine  which  we 


believe  did  not  last  long. 

Lewie'  real  nome  may  bo  “Levy-,  and  we  believe  he  ie 
friendly  with  Doe  Paeaoe  Brothers.  lawyers,  who  have  acted  ae  hie 
counsel.  We  have  never  entertained  n  very  high  regard  for  this  law 

Lewie  did  reside  at  264  Riverside  Drive,  but  now  lives  at 
324  W.  83rd  St.  He  can  be  classed  as  a  "war  order  bug-,  for  he  has 
talked  big  denis  to  some  who  have  not  seen  any  denis  go  through. 

Me  should  neither  toke  Lewis’  word,  nor  extend  credit  in 

Lewis  is  believed  to  have  returned  from  England  after  the 
broke  out  for  the  declared  purpose  of  putting  through  war  deals, 
one  of  these  deals  is  said  to  have  been  put  through  Uhomas  A. 


Yours  truly, 

_ _  AGENCY . 



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I,  William  H.  Mao on  of  Couth  Orange,  County  of  Ebbox, 
State  of  iiow  JorBoy.  United  States  of  -merioa,  being  duly 
j  oworn  depose  und  say  a6  follows : 

ili'  profession  ie  that  of  an  Engineer,  and  X  have  been 
associated  with  Thomas  A.  Edison  for  a  number  of  years, 

I  acting  for  him  as  Engineer  in  various  enterprises  of  which 
he  is  the  head. 

in  tho  month  of  January,  191b.  Ur.  Edison  directed 
me  to  familiarize  myself  as  much  as  possible  with  benzol 
absorbing  plant?, and  ho  gave  to  mo  drawings  and  specifica¬ 
tions  for  h  Plant  of  that  kind  which  he  hod  designed  to  be 
installed  at  the  coke  ovens  of  the  Cambria  Steel  Company 
ut  Johnstown,  Pa. 

I  made  a  study  of  theseplans  und  specifications , 
consulting  frequently  with  Mr.  Edison,  and  on  January 
18th,  191t ,  proceeded  to  Johnstown,  Pa with  two  assistants, 
of  whom  John  Bacon,  Jr.  was  one.  V.o  Immediately  started 
the  work  of  laying  out  the  ground,  building  foundations, 
ordering  and  assembling  the  requisite  machinery  and  apparat¬ 
us  for  tho  said  absorbing  plant.  She  work  was  pushed  day 
and  night,  as  Hr.  Edison  wanted  to  have  tho  plant  started 
as  cuickly  as  possiblo. 

The  plant  as  originally  laid  out  for  the  instal  lation, 
included  only  one  Still,  but  early  in  the  month  of  February, 
191b.  Hr.  Edison  told  me  that  he  would  put  in  the  addition- 
al  Still  that  we  had  contemplated  adding  to  tho  plant  at 
j  a  later  date.  I  made  my  arrangements  uooordingly,  and  the 
second  Still  was  made  a  part  of  tho  original  installation 
I  of  the  plant. 

She  plant  was  ready  for  operation  by  February  2Snd, 
1915,  and  it  was  actually  put  into  operation  on  that  date. 

On  that  day  wo  eommenoed  to  aba orb  the  gusoe  from  the  coke 
ovone  in  the  eaid  Edison  Bonsol  absorbing  Plant,  and  euoh 
plant  has  been  in  operation  ever  sinoe,  except  when  it 
booame  necessary  to  stop  temporarily  for  repairs. 

Y.o  wore  all  new  at  thobusiness  when  the  plant  was  first 
put  into  operation,  ana  ut  first  the  progress  woe  slower 
than  when  wo  bccamo  accustomed  to  the  operations .  Re  made 
far  more  rapid  progrosB,  however,  in  the  absorbing  and  re¬ 
fining  of  bensol  and  toluol  then  was  the  ease  in  many  other 
plants  that  1  have  subsequently  studied. 

this  I 

and  sworn  to  before  me 
day  of  1916. 


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-41 American  Synthetic  Byes,  Inc., 

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\P  ^  V  61  Broadway,  Hew  York  City) 

v  Plant  at  Ave.  R.  Hewark.H.  J. 

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Holbrook,  Hass. 

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(Also  Rensselaer,  H.  Y.) 

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ivA'  C.  S.  Betts  Co., 

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'telephone  Ho.  V/orth  2169 

Telephone  Ho.  Rector  6214 

"  "  Market  7625 

"  "  Roxbury  5020 

"  "  Franklin  S13 

(carbolite  Chemical  Co.,  (Tennessee  Copper  Co) 
120  Broadway,  Hew  York  City. 

(Plant  at  Ridgefield  Park,  U.  J.) 

The  Chatfield  Ififg.  Co.,  ,  .  „ 

74th  &  Lebanon  Sts.,  Cincinnati,  Ohio. 

Bow  Chemical  Co., 

Midland,  Mioh. 

Thomas  A.  Hdison,  Inc., 

lakeside  Ave.,  Orange, 

General  Coal  Products  Co., 

Heville  Island,  Pittsburgh,  Pa. 

F.  J.  lewis  Iifg.,  Co.,  „ 

2515  S.  Robey  St.,  Chicago,  Ill. 

^Middlesex  flhemical  Co., 

1y'  /  Chester,  Conn. 

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v  /  Platt  &  Pearl  Sts.,  Hew  York  wity. 

JLj  ^  (Also  at  1800  S.  2nd  St., St.  nouis.Mo. 

Howport  Hydro-Carbon  Co.,  „ 

32  Libery  St.,  Hew  York  City 
#*X  L*"  Plant  at  Carrolville,  die. 

ofiice  at  First  Rational  Bank  Bldc,.^ 
Milwaukee, ^fis.  (Hewport  Turpentine 

and  Rosin  Co. ) 


"  Valley  600 

1  Orange  907 
"  Victor  765 

1  John  529 
"  Sydney  1180 

"  John  1458 
"  Main  469 

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(Ownec  by  Barrett  Go.,  ..  , 

17  Battery  PI.  Hev.'  York  City) 

I  Hew  Rnwland  Manufacturing  Co., 

.  «.*  J  817  Albany  St.,  Boston,  Uass. 

\i^-y\  (Owned  by  Lerrimac  Chemical  Co. 

r  t,,*J  \  33  Broad  St.,  Boston,  Lass) 

w  ; 

Hew  Haven  3as  Light  Co.,  „ 

r  80  Crown  St.,  Hew  Haven,  Conn. 

Hiedich  Process  Co., 

Ulsonlt°E9  wl  42nd  St.,  Hew  York  City)  " 
(Eo  be  taken  over  by  Caloo  Chemical  Co.) 
Plant  at  Lillford,  M.  J. 

Pittsburgh  Coal  Products  Co.,  „ 

(Pittsburgh,  Pa. (Also  Lonaco,  Pa.- 

i  J  P.ahway  Coal  Car  Products  Co., 

!  .  Lincoln  Ave.,  Hahway,  H.  J. 

i  1.  (Owned  by  Merck  &  Co*, 

45  Park  PI.,  Hew  York  City. 

semet  Solvay  Company, 

^•ir’  1  Split  Rook,  K.  Y.( 

/  Stillwell  Chemical  Co. , 

J  ■  S  Rector  St.,  Hew  York  City 

C/"  (  Plant  at  Irvington,  H.  J. 

/  ')/ United  3as  &  Improvement  Co., 

(  Broad  &  Arch  Sts.  .Philadelphia,  Pa 

^  U.  S.  Aniline  &  Chemical  Co., 

3908  Laclede  Ave.,  St.  nouis,  Lo. 

i  .  (  United  States  Standard  Chemical  Yorks, 

i  y  /  115  Broadway,  Hev;  fork  City 

!  -At*  Plant  at  3ound  Brook.  M.  « • 

:  D  V  (In  Bankruptcy) 

/-Aetna  explosives  Company ,  Inc. , 

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Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Christmas  and  New  Year  Greetings  [not  selected]  (E-16-17) 

This  folder  contains  Christmas  and  New  Year  greetings  from  Edison's 
family,  friends,  and  business  associates,  along  with  unsolicited  corres¬ 
pondence  from  the  general  public. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Cigarettes  [not  selected]  (E-16-18) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  pertaining  to 
the  harmful  effects  of  tobacco  and  cigarettes.  None  of  the  letters  from  1916 
received  a  substantive  response  from  Edison. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Clubs  and  Societies  (E-16-19) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  membership  in,  and  activities  on  behalf  of,  social  clubs,  professional 
societies,  political  groups,  and  civic  organizations.  There  are  also  appeals  from 
charitable  organizations.  Among  the  items  for  1916  are  letters  pertaining  to 
Edison's  election  as  an  honorary  member  of  the  Illuminating  Engineering 
Society  and  the  Engineers'  Club  of  Philadelphia,  his  contribution  to  the  National 
Security  League,  and  his  refusal  to  contribute  to  The  Student  Pacifists,  an 
organization  opposed  to  compulsory  military  training  in  schools.  The 
correspondents  include  longtime  Edison  associate  Henry  M.  Byllesby;  Howard 
H.  Gross,  president  of  the  Tariff  Commission  League;  Henry  M.  Howe, 
emeritus  professor  of  metallurgy  at  Columbia  University;  and  mathematician 
and  electrical  engineer  Charles  P.  Steinmetz,  who  was  president  of  the 
Illuminating  Engineering  Society  in  1916. 

Approximately  1  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  receiving 
a  substantive  response  from  Edison,  have  been  selected.  The  following 
categories  of  documents  have  not  been  selected:  requests  for  Edison's 
autograph  orsignature,  including  its  reproduction;  form  letters  and  other  routine 
correspondence  regarding  meetings  and  activities;  invitations  and  other 
requests  that  Edison  either  declined  or  did  not  acknowledge;  invitations  for 
which  no  substantive  response  has  been  found;  correspondence  from 
organizations  in  which  Edison  was  not  involved;  published  proceedings  and 
printed  circulars;  and  duplicates. 

Commit}"  on  Awarding 
Honorary  Membership  to 
Mr  Thomas  A  Edison 

Ur  Nicholas  Murray  Butler 

E'lhTcTHB  Chapin 
Dr  Thomas  W  Churchill 
Mr  Charles  A  Coffin 

Mr  Dudley  Farrand 
Mr  F  M  Fclker 

Mr  Lewis  B  Gawtry 
Mr  Cass  Gilbert 

Mr  Thomas  Hastinp 
Mr  W  Greeley  Hoyt 
Mr  F  L  Hutchinson 


Illuminating  Engineering  Society 

Mid-Winter  Convention 

Engineering  Societies  Building,  February  ioth  and  nth,  1916 

Office  of  the  Convention  Committee  Cent 

Mr  Clarence  L  Law,  Secretary 

Irving  Place  and  Fifteenth  Street  _ ^  “j  p  ’ 

f  New  York  City  I Mt  D 1 

FebUary  3,  1916  d>  a  s  McAniiwr 

Mr  William  H  Meadowcroft  /  . 

Thomas  A  Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  New  Jersey  \ 

Dear,  Mr  Meadowcroft  /f 

With  reference  to  the  banquet  t<a*Mr 
Edison  on .next  Thursday  evening,  will  you  advise 
whether  Mr  and  Mrs  Edison  will  come  in  a  party  t 
o-Pther.  or  whether  I  oan  arrange  to  send  a  machine 

Mr  Frederick  Whitrfdge 
Col  Timothy  S  Williams 
Hon  William  Williams 

I  understand,  of  course,  that  Mr  Edison 
is  very  busy  and  I  naturally  wish  to  cause  him  as 
little  inconvenience  as  possible.  X  would  appreciat 
it  if  you  would  let  me  know  if  there  is  anything 

1  do  in  this  respect. 

»■>-  Very  truly  yours. 

Feb.  atil.  1916.  Clarence  1.  Lav;,  Secretary, 

Convention  Committee, 

Illuminating  Engineering  Society, 

Irving  Place  and  Fifteenth  Street, 
hew  York  City. 

hoar  Hr.  Law: 

So  that  there  shall  he  no  misunderstanding,  I  am  writ¬ 
ing  this  note  to  confirm  my  telephone  talk  with  you  yoeterday 
in  regard  to  your  sending  for  Mr.  and  Ira .  Edison  on  Thursday 
evening . 

It  i|  understood  by  Mrs.  Edison  that  you  are  going 
to  send  a  machine  to  .Mr.  Edison's  house  by  b  :b0  on  1'hursday 
evening,  to  take  .Mr.  and  Mrs .  Edison  to  the  3iltmore,  and  that 
you  will  send  them  back  to  Orange  in  the  machine  after  the 
Banquet  is  over.  I  presume  that  .Mr.  and  ilrs.  Edison  may  be 
accompanied  by  any  of  their,  immediatel  furnily  who  will  be  of 
the  party. 

Yours  very  truly, 

utye  National  g>«nrtftj  league,  3Jn t. 

TO?.  Thomas  A.  Sells  on. 

February  25,  1916. 

nest  orange,  N.  J. 

The  question  of  adequate  preparednes 
part  of  the  United  States  is  without  aoubt the 

t  the^nJcte^r  inpi 

tant  and  serious  matter  before  Congress  to4day,  and  jj^one 
which  must  appeal  to  every  thinking  person  in  this  country. 

The  National  Security  League  is  using  its  best 
efforts  tl  *r/Q\the  situation  home  to  the  individual  and 

earnestly  q^sires\  to  enlist  your  support.  / 

r\  |W  In  ordeA  to  carry  forward  a  vigorous  campaj^h 
aM\properly  to  pl^Jthe  facts  before  the  countp/T  funds 
are  necessary,  and  we  have  no  means  of  rai^k  money  excep 
by  this  direct  appeal. 

We  trust  that  you  may del  it  desirable  and  con¬ 
venient  to  give  us  your  liberal  financial  support. 

Now  is  the  >fme  to  secure  results,  while  Congres 

Chairman,  Finance  Committee. 

Cheques  may  be  made  payable 
to  the  order  of  The  National 
Security  League,  Inc.,  and 
mailed  in  the  enclosed  envelope. 

February  28th.  1916. 

nn  +iia  nieht  of  the  Banquet  at  which  you  were  pre¬ 
sented  with  the  Honorary  Memh6rshipintheIllwniuatin|En- 

the  objects  of  ite  existence. 

Dr.  Kun'z  is  the  Vice  President  and  one  of  the  Trust¬ 
ees.  and  Arthur  Williams  is  President. 

write .  \  r 

Is  it  agreeable  to  you  to  give  this  1 


The  American  Museum  of  Safety 

1 8  West  24th  Street  New  York 

Devoted  to  the  Safety,  Health  and  Welfare  of  Industrial  Workers  I 
and  the  Advancement  of  the  Science  of  Industry),  | 

ce  of  the  Prciidcnc  Irving  Place  and  Fifteenth  Stret 

February  34th  1916 

F  H  Ueadoworoft  Esq 
Edison  Laboratories 
*  Orange  New  Jersey 

Dear  Ur  Meadowcroft 

Dr  Kuna  has  written  the  enolosed  memorandum 
on  the  work  of  the  Museum  as  his  concrete  suggestion 
for  the  form  of  Ur  Edison's  endorsement.  Do  you 
suppose  it  would  be.  possible  for  Mr  Edison  to  write 
6uoh  an  endorsement,  or  one  of  a  somewhat  similar 
nature?  It  would  be  very  gratifying  to  Dr  Kunz  per¬ 
sonally,  who  suggested  the' idea,  and  to  our  entire 
Board,  as  well  -  needless  to  say  -  as  to  myself. 

Very  sincerely 



X  am  surely  in  sympathy  with  the 
work  of  the  Museum  of  safety. 

Anything  that  will  prevent  accident 
means  not  only  protection  to  a  man  and  his 

family,  hut  to  the  firm  that  employs  him 
and  to  the  state  and  the  natidn.  If  a  man 
is  a  skilled. mechanic ,  to  injure  his  effec¬ 
tiveness  or  to  entirely  remove  him  frequent¬ 
ly  means  the  upsetting  of  an  entire  estab¬ 
lishment,  or  at  least  a  lack  of  harmonious 
work,  in  addition  to  the  loss  to  the  commu- 

Or  tut+f 

s  of  Hew  York  can  encourage 

a  Museum  of  Safety  in  any  way,  it  surely 

would  he  a  great  advancement  for  our  commu¬ 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
East  Orange, 


Mar oh  21,  1916.  , 

Dear  Sir:- 

!  have  the  honor  to  inform 
election  to  Honorary  membership  in  The  Engineers- 
nub  of  Philadelphia. 

Will  you 
earliest  convenience, 

kindly  inform  us, 
of  your  aoceptanoi 

at  your 
5  of  this 


Illuminating  Engineering  Society 

April  6,  1916. 

Mr . , Thomas  A.  Edison, 

•  Orange,  IT.  J. 

Dear  IJr;  Edison: 

In  oonneotion  with  your  acceptance  of  the 
honorary  membership  in  our  Society,  we  would  ash 
you  to  acoept  the  testimonial  being  forwarded  to  you 
with  this  letter. 

'i7e  are  also  sending  you  the  badge  of  the 
Society  presented  to  you  as  honorary  member. 

Yours , 


ffinlumbta  Unlurrattjj 
irt  ttjc  ffittjj  nfJfoui  tjnrlt 

Bedford  Hills,  New  York 

Fy  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

May  I  bring  before  you  the  merits  of  the  American  Society  for 
Testing  Materials?  Such  distinguished  engineers  as  Messrs.  Hudson 
Maxim  and  John  p.  Wallace  (late  chief  engineer  of  the  Panama  Canal) 
have  lately  joined  the  society  on  my  recommendation. 

Briefly  the  aim  of  the  society  is  first  to  bring  about  uniform 
and  trustworthy  methods  of  testing,  and  second  to  set  up  reasonable 


reception  specifications  of  more  important  materials  of  construc¬ 
tion^  with  a  ••  view  to  protecting  the  public  by  making  such  just 
specifications  widely  known. 

This  work  has  been  carried  on  now  for  nearly  twenty  years  with 
constantly  increasing  usefulness  and  efficiency. 

It  iB  an  encouragement  to  those  who  have  been  carrying  on  this 
work  for  altruistic  reasons  to  have  the  moral  support  of  illustrious 
men  like  yourself  and  Messrs.  Maxim  and  Wallace. 

I  hope  that  this  appeal  to  your  public  spirit  will  meet  with 

T.  A.  E.-2 


your  approval.  If 
put  through  the  ne< 
blank  and  booklet. 

so,  it  would  give  me  very  great  pleasure  to 
essary  formalities.  I  enclose  an  application 
'"he  society  has  now  nearly  2000  members. 
Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  Laboratory,  W.H.M. 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  am  greatly  gratified  to  learn, from  yours  of  May  3rd, that  Mr. 
Edison  looks  favorably  upon  the  suggestion  that  he  join  the  American 
Society  for  Testing  Materials.  It  is  true  that  the  "application  for 
membership"  is  also  a  "proposal  for  membership."  To  prevent  any 
possible  mistake,  I  now  enclose  an  application  blank  for  membership. 

As  I  understand,  Mr.  Edison  should  sign  where  I  have  indicated 
in  pencil.  I  have  also  suggested,  in  pencil,  the  other  items  to  be 
filled  out.  If  after  these  are  filled. out,  you  will  return  the  ap¬ 
plication  to  me,  I  will  see  that  it  is  duly  acted  on. 

In  view  of  Mr.  Edison's  illustriousness,  the  proposal  part  should 
be  made  by  the  president  and  a  past  president  of  the  society.  I  my¬ 
self,  as  a  past  president, shall  be  glad  to  be  one  of  the  proposers 
and  I  know  that  the  president.  Professor  Mansfield  Merriman,  will  be 
glad  to  be  the  other.  I  therefore  have  already  signed  my  name  to  the 

I  am  not  sure  how  my  suggestion  that  Mr.  Edison's  occupation  should 
be  entered  as  "Inventor"  will  strike  him.  I  think  that  of  all  his 

-  .A 


4/  6/16 

Ed .  Lab. -2 

many  titles  to  the  gratitude  of  mankind,  this  is  perhaps  the  most 
prominent  in  the  minds  of  most  of  us.  It  was  as  an  inventor  that 
Mr.  Hudson  Maxim  has  just  been  proposed  for  membership. 

Yours  very  truly. 


K»  ( rt* 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

NEW  YORK  May  24,  1916. 

u^tfc  "TT 

The  American  Arts  and  Industi%?^A^^fel^ti'o^bias**t  c  ,  ^ 

just  been  completely  organized.  The  purpose  is  to  Uk«w»  S  ^ 
New  York  the  art  center  of  the  world.  The  association 
contemplates  dealing  only  with  applied  or  industrially 
arts,  at  least  at  the  outset— or,  in  other  words,  attemptJ^K^^^. 
to  raise  the  standard  of  art  in  industry  in  this  country^  r  -  \ 

and  to  make  us  independent  for  our  artistic  ftandards^*^^  tf  1 

our  dyes,  and  our  other  products  of  any  foreign  ,  , ' 

It  is  the  kind  of  preparedness  that  must  meet 
hearty  approval  of  every  true  American,  especially  aTter  1 
the  disclosure  of  dependence  caused  toy  the  Europfajrgajy  » 

In  this  center  chemists,  art  metal  workers,  oegigfiy?s,_J 
inventors,  color  experts,  sculpturers,  tapestry  ai*fgts,- 
silverware  designers,  and  all  branches  of  industrial  art  y 
will  toe  given  an  opportunity  to  bring  their  work  before  / 
the  purchasing  merchants  and  manufacturers  of  the  country. 

It  will  give  the  merchants  and  manufacturers  a  chance  to  ^ 
see  what  can  toe  done  in  an  artistic  way  before  turning 
out  inartistic  products. 

We  are  eager  to  have  in  control  and  acting  as  a 
founder  of  this  national  movement  a  man  who  is  recognized 
as  a  leader  of  thought  in  this  direction,  and  who  is 
nationally  known  to  be  interested  in  the  development  and 
encouragement  of  our  industrial  art  and  inventive  genius 
as  a  nation.  ' 

The  association  will  build  a  building  in  New  York 
where  will  be  held  the  exhibitions  of  the  different  branches 
of  art  represented,  where  the  buyers  of  all  the  large 
commercial  houses  and  manufacturers  of  the  country  can 
visit  whenever  they  are  in  New  York  and  learn  the  latest 
ideas  in  artistic  and  industrial  development  in  their  particular 
industries;  where  the  artists  may  place  their  work  before 
the  buying  business  men  in  such  ar.  way  as  to  insure  careful 
examination  and  consideration;  and  it  will  be  generally  speaking 
a  clearing-house  for  American  art  and  invention.  You  can 
readily  perceive  the  tremendous  possibilities  for  national 
betterment  in  this  undertaking. 


2  TAE 

The  leading  merchants,  jewelers,  artists,  and 
ethers  have  already  given  their  written  endorsement 
f  S  e  have  stated  with  unanimity  that 
?Lre  is  a  real  need  of  such  an  institution,  which 
will  he  a  permanent  home  or  center  for  the  development 
of  industrial  art  to  which  the  country  as  a  whole  is 
now  beginning  to  turn  its  attention. 

If  you  can  consistently  take  a  very  active 
interest  in  this  movement,  and  be  one  of  the  pioneers  and 
founders,  we  feel  that  you  will  be  ?oing  *  Periotic 
■service  Those  who  have  been  devoting  their  thought 
and  efforts  toward  bringing  about  this  achievement 
,  ■» j i  A  oil  vv-t in  anv  inovfentsnt >  ii&d  to 

sacrifice  aasreat°delfof  tS  and  money  and  to  encounter 
indifference  on  the  part  of  some.  However,  now  that  the 
delation  has  been  organized  and  incorporated  they  feel 
u»a.„  tf. 

connected  with  launching  such  a  ®ionhana 

will  give  the  matter  your  most  careful  attention  ana 
your  support  both  moral  and  financial,  so  that  it  may 
proceed  to  the  carrying  out  of  its  purposes.  The 
success  of  the  idea  is  the  paramount  question,  and 

desired  by  the  subscriber. 

«  nos  vss 

Slrec?ors3call9upon  yo/or  someone  whom  you  may  designate 
and  explain  the  entire  proposition. 

The  movement  at  first  will  require  advances  of 

Assistant  Secretary, 

American  Arts  and  Industries 

Suite  1415,  115  Broadway, 
New  *ork  City. 

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HonoraPleThomas  A .Edison, 
7/est  Orange,- Hew  Jersey. 

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Among  a  list  of  names  of  good 
people  given  as  life  members  of  ^eEurgesee 
Corps  I  find  Honorable  Thomas  A. Edison,  - 
hence  this  letter. 

Can  you  tell  me  something  of 
the  purposes  and  objects  and  liabilities  of 
the  Burgessess  Corps? 



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Hon.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

the  Tariff  Commission  league,  the  organization  whiohWashonoredhyyour  1 
mom'herahiT)  on  the  Advisory  Committee*  I  wish  you  would  look  it  over  care— 
memhership^onithe  Advisory  ^  it  interesti*  nd  j  would  like  a  line -from  , 

yon  then  regarding  the  questions  propounded,  and  ffin§ ttt$°  22-W/,. 
of  the  oampaign.  ^  J  *y- ^ 

The  President  told  me  he  felt  he  could  get  the  kind  of  man  he  wanted  on  \ 
the  Commission  at  the  salary  named  in  the  act,  and  if  he  is  successful  ins 
this,  the  measure  should  make  <JU  on3lv>et£<) 

I  enclose  you  copy  of  a  letter  reived 

I  feel  very  sure  that  if  we  had  not  *6ien  caught in  the  jam  and  confusion A 
at  the  close  of  the  session,  which  we  tried  our  utmost  to  avoid,  Jgg  ?°%%% 
have  gotten  practically  everything  that  &>~iB3±iced..L. T^fao±-^''Lhat  not 
twenty-five  per  cent  of  those  who  voted  fp^th^/Ue^sure  were  at  heart  in 
favor  of  it,  the  reason  being  that  a  Tariff  Commission  has  n°L£®e“ 
this  year  in  harmony  with  Democratic  doctrine.  But  resent  lllt^nd 

neeessitv  for  it  and  was  big  enough  to  come  out  for  it  in  January  last  ana 
carried  his  party  with  him.  It  took  considerable  courage  to^do  this.  The 
Republicans  $£e  generally  favorable  to  a  Tariff  Commission.^* ^  were  op¬ 
posed  to  having  it  created  by  a  Democratic  administration.  Bufl thepres 
sure  was  so  great  that  both  parties  were  compelled  to  get  in  line  and  pass 
the  act!  ?tSshows  that  the  strongest  force  in  this  country  is(the  will  of 
the  people  -  that  the  people  can  rule  when  they  will  to  do  so. 

I  shall  be  delighted  to  have  a  line  from  you  to  be  a  part  of  the  permanent 
record  of  the  league.  We  are  getting  some  very  nice  letters  which  are  ap¬ 
preciated  and  will  be  preserved. 




Washington,  D.C.,  Sept.16,1916. 

H.  H.  Groes,  Esq., 

Chicago,  Ill. 

Dear  Ur*  Gross:  .  _  ,  .  , 

I  think  I  ought  to  congratulate  you  not  only  on  the 
work  you  aid  for  the  Tariff  Commission  law,  whioh  wae  splendid,  hut 
on  the  result  accomplished  so  largely  through  that  work* 

I  was  bo  situated  that  1  couia  see  your  incomings  and  outgolngB  - 
your  plana  and  methodB  -  and  as  I  saw  the  work  going  on  in  a  clean 
and  legitimate  way,  hut  always  methodical  and  effective,  and  finally 
witnessed  the  accomplishment  -  not  quite,  hut  nearly  what  we  desired, 
I  made  up  my  mind  that  the  country  was  indebted  to  you  mare  than  to 
any  other  one  man  for  a  Tariff  Commission  Law,  and  it  is  because  I 
still  have  that  well  defined  opinion  that  I  am  writing  this  letter. 

With  kind  regards,  I  am 

Yours  very  truly, 

(Signed)  Jno.  w.  Kern. 


Pinal  Report  of  the  President 

The  Tariff  Commission  League  to  the 
Directors  and  Subscribers 

This  movement  was  inaugurated  at  a  meeting  of  prominent  citizens 
held  at  the  Union  League  Club,  Chicago,  May  27,  1915 . 

The  campaign  for  a  non-partisan  Tariff  Commission,  after  sixteen 
months,  dosed  September  8,  1916,  when  the  President  signed  the  Revenue 
Act  passed  by  the  Sixty-fourth  Congress  and  carrying  the  "Rainey  Tariff 
Commission"  measure, 

A  review  of  the  campaign  shows  that  at  the  beginning  the  business 
interests  were  favorable,  the  great  mass  of  the  people  were  apathetio, 
and  the  President  and  his  party  were  strongly  against' it;  and  while 
many  Republicans  favored  a  Tariff  Commission,  they  were  opposed  to  hav¬ 
ing  that  body  created  by  a  Democratic  administration, 


V . 

To  compass  our  purpose,  it  was  neoesBary  to  arouse  the  people  to*' 
a  point  where  they  would  demand  and'  insist  upon  Buch  a  OommisBion. 

In  our  effort  to  stir  the  people  to  action,  we  Bent  capable  men 
into  thirty-four  of  the,  forty-eight  states  to  make  personal  calls  on 
the  leading  publications  and  organizations.  \7e  sent  out  millions  of 
leaflets,,  carried  free  in  the  mails  of  480  leading  banks,  insurance 
companies,  merchants,  manufacturers,  eto.  When  Congress  oonvened  in 
December,  we  had  behind  us  over  700  organizations  representing  over 
six  millioBs  of  voters*  This  in  part  and  imperfectly  covers  the 
campaign  with  the  people. 



over  90  per  rent  of  all  the  leading  newspapers  endorsed  our 
end  meet  of  them  opened  their  columns  to  ue.  »  l»d  the  united  .up- 
port  of  the  magazine  publishers. 

ttih  Administration 

The  President  on  several  oooaeions  declared  such  a  commission  un¬ 
necessary.  He  was  strongly  opposed  to  it,  saying  that  existing  instru¬ 
mentalities  could  do  the  work.  A  personal  canvass  of  the  situation  at 
Washington  in  December  last  convinced  us  that  the  President  must  be 
won  over,  or  we  could  not  ho£e  to  win.  .We  presented  our  credentials  to 
hi0  private  secretary  and  the  Secretary  of  the  Treasury,  both  of  whom 
„„  tremendously  interested  and  asked  for  copies  of  our  documents. 

The  need  for  such  a  body  was  becoming  more  obvious  daily,  so  a  few 
days  later  the  President  astonished  the  country  by  completely  revers¬ 
ing  himself  and  the  traditions  of  his  party  by  coming  out  squarely  for 
a  Tariff  Commission.  It  took  courage  to  do  it. 

For  the  first  time  in  our  history.  both  the  Republican  and  Demo¬ 
cratic  Rational. Conventions  of  1918  declared  for  a  permanent,  non- 
partisan  Tariff  Commission.  Our  measure,  known  as  the  "Rainey  Bill"', 
had  already  been  approved  by  the  Waye  and  Means  Committee,  so  the 
situation  was  very  hopeful.  Our  great  concern  was  to  get  our  bill  to 
a  vote  as  quickly  as  possible  and  avoid  the  confusion  and  chaos  that 
attends  the  closing  .of  every  session  of  Congress,  and  that  of  the 
present  Congress  was  unusually  great.  So  far  as  our  bill 
corned,  it  ...  ready  for  consideration  by  the  Hone,  in  »ril.  «• 

„.re  promieed  action  before  the  Bstional  convention,  met  in  June.  The 
*av.  and  Wane  Committee  decided  to  Include  the  Tariff  co-ieeion  Bin 
with  the  general  Eevenue  Hedeure.  We  did  .verythlgs  we  conld  »  Ere- 
-  vent  thie,  feeling  -ur.  It  delay  and  that  we  would  1- 

can” support ;  and  eo  it  proved.  The  committee  would  not  yield,  «. 


claimed  that  being  a  part  of  the  Revenue  Measure  would  insure  Democratic 
support  that  thqy  otherwise  would  not  have-  Our  Directors  did  not  share 
this  view,  and  apeoial  efforts  were  made  -to  expedite  our  measure- 

Amid  a  scene  of  confusion  and  turmoil,  following  an  aorimonious 
debate,  the  House  passed  the  Revenue  Measure  on  July  10,  carrying  the- 
Tariff  Commission  feature.  It  reduced  the  salaries  of  members  from 
#10,000  to  #7,500  per  annum  on  a  viva  voce  vote,  and  rejected  the  per¬ 
manent  appropriation  by  a  vote  of  144  to  55.  The  Senate,  four  weeks 
later,  by  unanimous  vote,  next  to  the  last  day  of  the  ses¬ 
sion,  restored  the  permanent  appropriation  feature,  but  refused  to  in¬ 
crease  the  salaries.  The  House,  which  would  have  to  agree  to  the  Senate 
amendments,  was  ov er  a  hundred  short  of  a  quorum,  and  it  . was  in  the 
pov/er  of  any  member  to  kill  the  Senate  amendment  by  calling  for  a  quorum. 
So  it  was  a  choice  of  taking  the  Commission  without  a  permanent  appro¬ 
priation  or  getting  nothing.  The  bill,  aside  from  the  points  named, 
is  satisfactory,  and  in  an  interview,  the  President  made  the  statement 
that  while  he  favored  the  larger  salary,  he  felt  sure  he  cou.l.d  get  the 
men  hs  wanted  on  the  basis  fixed  by  the  act.  So  the  bill  was  passed. 
This  puts  the  question  squarely  up  to  us,  whether  we  Bhall  go  back  to 
the  people  and  to  Congress  for  the  purpose  of  having  the  salaries 
raised,  and  make  a  further  effort  to  get  a  permanent  appropriation. 

Upon  this  question  we  would  like  your  judgment. 

We  attaoh  hereto  a  memorandum  giving  some  details,  sidelights,  and 

interesting  information  in  regard  to  the  final  three  weeks  of  intensive 
campaigning  at  Washington.  The  writer  hopes  you  will  read  them. 

When  the  bills  are  all  paid,  we  shall  have  spent  between  $47,000 
and  $46,000,  and  will  probably  have  on  hand  a  balance  of  several  hun¬ 
dred  dollars.  Financial  statement  and  audit  will  be  forwarded  later. 

ReBpeotfully  submitted, 


Chicago,  September  16,  1916. 


It  B  M  0  B  A  H  D  U  M 
Incidents  of  the  Campaign 

v/e  had  a  number  of  Bharp  controversies  with  those  representing 
the  administration  over  several  features  of  the  bill.  Our  contention 
was  for  a  Commission  of  six  members,  not  more  than  three  to  be  of  the 
same  political  party.  The  administration  insisted  on  a  Commission  of 
five,  with  a  three  and  two  division.  We  replied  that  our  campaign 
was  predicated  upon  the  basis  of  six  members,  and  that  we  should  oppose 
any  other  plan.  Our  point  raa  conceded. 

It  took  about  a  week  of  discussion  and  negotiation  in  order  to 
get  the  scope  and  duties  of  the  Commission  sufficiently  broad  to  en¬ 
able  it  to  get  information  upon  the  whole  subject,  including  a  protec¬ 
tive  tariff.  Its  soope  is  now  practically  unlimited.  V/e  secured 
wider  discretion  as  to  reports*  We  had  included  in  the  bill  a  pro¬ 
vision  for  protecting  trade  secrets. 

We  contended  that  agriculture  and  labor  should  be  represented  up¬ 
on  the  Commission,  but  we  found  little  encouragement  for  this.  The 
committee  declared  that  the  President  should  be  unhampered  and  that  he 
would  deal  fairly  with  all  interests.  It  was  urged  that  both  labor 
and  aeri culture  were  so  greatly  diversified,  that  no  man  would  fairly 
repreeent  eaoh  entire  field.  So  we  dropped  this- 

Late  in  June  when  we  were  insisting  that  our  measure  be  taken 
out  of  the  Revenue  Bill  and  put  to  a  vote,  the  membere.with  whom  I  was 
discussing  the  matter  became  angry  and  said  if  they  were  not  handling 
it  satisfactorily,  they  would  drop  the  Tariff  Commission  seotion  en¬ 
tirely.  I  told  them  nothing  that  they  could  do  would  ao  greatly 
please  the  Republican  National  Committee. 



Near  the  c.ioBe  of  the  session,  when  the  total  of  the  appropria¬ 
tions  became  known,  the  Democratic  party  was  subjected  to  a  terrific 

scoring  by  the  Republicans  on  the  ground  of  extravagance;'  so  saving  at 
the  spigot  was  immediately  begun,  hence  the  reduction  nf  salaries  of 
the  Shipping  Board  from  §10,000  to  ft7,500,  and  the  Tariff  Commission  to 

the  same  figure.  Prior  to  the  da£  that  the  House  passed  the  measure, 

there  was  nothing  to  indicate  any  raid  upon  the  salaries. 

In  support  of  our  contention  for  the  higher  salary  and  the  per¬ 
manent  appropriation,  the  entire  V/aBhinst.on  press  gave  us  daily  support 
through  the  news  and  editorial  columns.  Two  of  the  leading  papers 
opened  their  columns  to  us  and  allowed  us  to  write  editorials.  Two  of 
the  great  Democratic  papers  of  New  York,  "The  Times"  and  "The  World", 
gave  us  strong  support.  The  Democratic  National  Committee  tried  to 
stem  the  tide,  but  was  unable  to  do  so  at  that  late  hour.  The  fight 
againBt  the  salaries  in  the  Senate  was  made  by  Senator  Hoke  Smith, 
Democrat,  and  Senator  Lawrence  Y.  Sherman,  Republican.  Hr.  Logan,  of 
our  directorate,  was  able  to  bring  strong  pressure  on  both  Republicans 
and  Democrats  from  political  headquarters  here*  There  is  little 
doubt  that  if  there  had  been  a  quorum  in  the  House  and  we  could  have 
had  ten  days  or  two  weeks  more  time,  both  the  salaries  and  the  Eer- 
manent  appropriation  could  have  been  saved.  The  drift  was  coming 
strongly  our  way,  but  we  were  caught  in  the  jam  that  we  did  everything 
to  avoid.  Hr.  Fitzgerald  of  Hew  York,  Chairman  of  the  House  Appropria¬ 
tions  Committee,  was  so  wliiiTtfie-Senate  passea-fhe  permanent' 

appropriation  measure  by  a  practically  unanimous  vote,  that  he  gave 
formal  notice  that  if  the  matter  was  brought  to  the  House,  he  would 
call  for  a  quorum.  He  apparently  was  afraid  that  the  amendment  would 
pass,  coming  with  the  prestige  of  the  Senate  action,  and  in  view  of 
the  fact  that  sentiment  was  ohanging  rapidly. 



Ho  Permanent  Appropriations 

A  search  was  made,  going  hack  to  I860,  and  no  precedent  could  he 
found  for  a  permanent  appropriation  for  any  board  or  commission.  Con¬ 
gressman  Mann  and  others  who  had  long  been  members  of  the  House, and 
others  in  the  Senate,  said  that  Congress  never  had  created  a  Commission 
of  any  kind  and  refused  to  give  it  adequate  funds  to  carry  out  its  work. 
Mr.  Fitzgerald  of  the  Appropriations  Committee  pledged  his  word  that 
the  Tariff  Commission  should  have  its  full  appropriation  without 

(NOTE;  The  Taft  Tariff  I3oard.J-w,aa~nbt..  created  by  Oontireas,  but  by 
the  President,  and  was  responsive  alone  to  him.  It  was  created  under 
Section  S  of  the  Payne-Aldrich  Apt  that  authorized  the  President  to 
employ  men  to  assist  him  in  administering  the  provisions  of  the  act, 
and  a  lump  sum  was  appropriated  for  the  purpose.  The  members  of  the 
Board  were  paid  $7,500  and  worked  until  the  appropriation  was  ex¬ 
hausted.  The  political  complexion  of  the  House  of  Representatives 
having  changed  in  the  meantime,  it  declined  to  make  another  appropria¬ 

One  of  the  Senators  from  the  Central  V/est  declared  himself  un¬ 
alterably  opposed  to  a  Tariff  Commission  on  the  ground  that  it  spoiled 
the  tariff  as  a  campaign  issue,  that  it  belonged  in  politics  and  ought 
to  be  kept  there;  "dut,"  he  remarked,  "everybody  in  my  3tate  seems  to 
want  it,  so  I  have  run  up  the  white  flag  and  shall  vote  for  the 
measure."  - - - - - - - 

The  foregoing  is  confidential . 

Oh  Chicago  Ills  Oct  12thlS 

Thos  A  Edison, 

Orange  N.J. 

At  request  of  the  directors  of  the  Universal  Military  Training  League 
of  which  I  am  one  I  earnestly  request  that  you  will  accept  the 
chairmanship  of  the  advisory  committee. We  have  an  important  meeting 

in  Chicago  tomorrow  r 

would  all  esteem  it  a  very  great  honor  4 

■eable  help  if  you  would  wire  me 

scepting  this  proposit- 

i  he  read  at.  the  meeting. We  have  as  members  of  the 

directorate  substantially  the  same  men  as  were  on  our  tariff  league 
which  accomplished  such  good  work  under  the  leadship  ofnHr^aroijs.^ 

,  \rtrfrt^e^^T2>  vc*>-«a) 

f Scrc^ 

.  \'r'\b 



Saint  Louis,  October  27,  1916. 

a  Mr.  Thomas  A. 
/  /.  A Mrl  Orange,  N.  J." 

toiled  D0!U’^  _ 

K> '  \7o  need  your  good  o Trices,  extended  in  a 

"  manner, ■ which,  while  not  calling  Tor  the  expenditure  of  a 
moment  of  your  time,  will  bq  of  the  greatest  importance  in 
promoting. that  organization  which, with others  stands  for 
fc  constructive  development  and  co-operation  in  tlic  electrical 

V  (  industry,  Tlic  Jovian  Order.  -  • 

S  \j\\  -  i  "thank  you  sincerely  in  advance  Tor  your  ' 

N»  \J  ’serious  consideration  of  the  explanation  of  what  we  have 

in  mind,  given  below,  necessarily  in  some  detail. 


The  Jovian  Order  faces  next  year  a  critical 
V  period  in  its  existence,  due  to  .two. important  changes  in  its 

0  •  Constitution^  -which  although  essential  to  its  success  in  the 

’  5  future,  will  require  unusual  effort  to  establish  without  loss 

_  of  membership  and  influence.  1  refer  to  increasing  the  annual 
Cy  \  dues  and  chartering  local  Leagues,  for  the  purpose  oT  otabiliz- 

:  ing  them,  arid;  standardizing  their  methods  in  the  cause  of 

economy  and  efficiency,- 

"  ~Tl  ■  ■ i  The  fact  that  a  man  of  llonry  L.  Doherty's 

r,  "  ltnmm  ability  and  prestige  is  heading  the  Order  this  year 

f  is  one  groat  help,  hut  we  need  active  personal-oontact- 

J  •  i  promotion,  and  we  intend  to  accomplish  this  with  what  is 

c  ■  tO**  ft'0  to  be  Jen  own  as  a  "ONE  HUNDRED  POINT  COMMITTEE” ,  which, 
biW”  ..iL -V V  briefly,  will  be  composed  of  tlic  important,'  live-wire 
'•(/**>  f  ^  men  of  the  industry  in  sufficient  number  to  PERSONALLY  -TALK 
vk^AiAitliiii  n  period  of  sixty  days  from,  this  time,  and  to  re¬ 
’s/  .  wA  .  soil. the  Order,  to.,  each-  Jovian/ on  a.  basis  that  will  make 

jj'*'-  him  not  only,  a  momher.  hut  a  worker.  ;  ■  : 

P.JIU'f  .  In.  other  words,  it  is  to  be  a  great,  big, 

intondiYe’.drive,.f  at;  a  time  that:  is  psychologically  .correct, 

II  '  to.  not,  only 1  overcome  the  problems have  mentioned  but  to 

(ftpnanBw|  ;  create;  an  era  of  J’ovian  entliusiasm;  and  activity  that  will 
eclipse  anytliirig  tliat  tne  papt  Jins  delivered  us. 

“All  Together,. AH  the  Time,  for  Everything  Electrical” 

.'Jovian  Order 

Martin  J.  Wolf , .of  Saint  Louis,  wlioni  you  doubtless 
know,  ’.mo  undertaken  the  Chairmanship  of  thin  committee,  and 
will  rive  it  almost  his. undivided  attention  during  the  tine 
it  in  active.  To  give  added  dignity.,  weight  and  prestige  to 
this  commit  too,  we  desire  the  names  of  a  number  of  gentlemen 
who  are  figures  of  national  importance  in  the  electrical  in¬ 
dustry  placed  on  the  letter-head  of  the  Committee  as  Vice- 
Chairmen.  Wo  will  riot  aslc  them;  for  one  moment'  n  work.  Wo  ... 
are  frank  to  say  that. wo. simply  want  the  use  of  their  names 
as  impressive  evidence  that  they  arc  in  sympathy  with  the 
Jovian  Order,-  and  will  he  pleased  to  nee  it  progress  and 
gain  in .strength  and  usefulness. 

.  Your  name  is  one  of  those  we  desire  on  that  letter¬ 
head.  May.  we'.uso  it? 

.  Yours  very  truly; 


“All  Together,  All  the  Time,  for  Everything  Electrical” 




Brown  &  Siiarpe  Meg.  Co. 


Providence,  R.I.  u. s.  a . 

Deo.  8,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Pres., 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co., 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

You  can  make  a  substantial  contribution  to  the  readjustment  of 
conditions  to  meet  whatever  shock  may  oome  after  the  war  if  you  will  au¬ 
thorize  us  to  enroll  your  company  as  a  member  of  the  Railway  Business 
Association.  Your  name  on  our  roster,  whether  or  not  you  prove  to  be  so 
situated  that  you  oan  actively  cooperate,  will  strengthen  our  influence. 

That  influence  we  are  devoting  to  the  registration  of  business 
opinion  with  Congress  on  the  correction  of  defects  in  railway  regulation. 
See  "Business  Opinion  and  Railway  legislation",  enolosed  --  a  report  of 
progress  in  recording  individuals  and  associations  and  an  appeal  for 
more  signatures  and  more  resolutions. 

Congress  through  a  Joint  Committee  of  the  House  and  Senate  has 
begun  hearings.  We  hope  to  obtain  at  least  a  part  of  our  legislative 
program  this  winter.  Our  recognition  by  Congressmen  will  be  in  propor¬ 
tion  to  the  industrial  strength  whioh  we  can  show.  Your  name  will  be 
an  important  acquisition. 

One  of  the  railway  executives  most  prominently  identified  with 
the  phases  upon  which  we  are  now  at  work  remarked  a  few  weeks  ago  that 
this  Association  was  doing  more  in  that  field  than  all  other  agencies  put 
together.  Whether  this  is  true  or  not  it  is  our  j  ob  to  make  it  true  if  we 
can  and  we  need  your  help.  Evidenoe  of  the  esteem  in  which  our  opportun¬ 
ity  and  fitness  to  embrace  it  are  held  is  shown  by  the  enrollment  of  68 
new  concerns  since  Jan.l,  the  names  of  which  appear  on  attached  sheet. 

The  enclosed  application  blank  calls  for  a  check  for  $100  cov¬ 
ering  dues  for  12  months  from  date  of  application.  There  is  no  ini¬ 
tiation  fee. 

Yours  very  truly, 




To  the  Railway  Business  Association 



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Tub  name  op  the  person  who  mu.  represent  os.  unless  we  desio- 


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December  12,1916. 

Ur.  Vvm.  A.  Viall,  Secretary, 

Brown  fc  Sharpe  UfB .  Co . , 

Brovidone'o,  R.  I. 

Dear  Sir:-  Yonr  file  S4598. 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the ' 
Oth  instant,  suGGesting  our,  enrollment  as  a 
member  of  the  Railway'  Business  Association. 

I  am  the  owner  of  the.  corporations 
•  know  as  Shomas  A.  Edison,  Inc  .  and  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Co .  Would  'it  be  necessary  ,  . 
to  subscribe  for  each,  or  would  one  subscrip¬ 
tion,  answer  for  both? 

Yours  very  truly. 


EDWARD  O.  NELLIS,  Sterile 

The  Chemical  Catalog  Company,  Inc. 


Committee  of 





December  12,  1916. 


Dear  Sir:-  *  ^alr  *  \  , 

i  °U-'‘ 

We  have  recently  had  an  opportunityof  supplying  *■,  ,  r-.- 

several  copies  of  the  CHEMICAL  ENGINEERING  CATALOG  to  your  \ 

We  understand  that  in  connection  with  your  various 
operations  a  good  many  substances  are  produced,  some  of  which J 
are  valuable  to  the  industrial  chemical  public,  and  some  of  / 
which  cannot  readily  be  obtained  elsewhere  at  present.  We  - 
are  sure  that  you  will  understand  how  very  useful  it  would  be 
to  the  chemical  engineering  profession  and  to  the  industrial 
chemical  public  as  a  whole,  if  you  would  allow  us  to  reserve 
for  you  in  the  1917  edition  of  the  catalog  which  we  are  now 
preparing,  one  or  more  pages  of  space  in  which  your  laboratory 
oould  describe  what  it  is  able  to  contribute  in  thiB  direction. 

We  would  draw  your  attention  to  the  pages  in  the 
present  edition  in  which  the  General  Electric  Company  describe 
what  they  have  to  offer.  You  v/ill  note  that  this  company  has 
devoted  its  space  to  an  exposition  of  the  properties  and  uses 
of  a  number  of  rare  and  peculiar  products  from  its  research 
laboratories,  rather  than  catalog  matter  regarding  its  standard 
lines  such  as,  generators,  switch  board  equipment,  eto.  This 
was  done  by  the  officers  of  the  General  Electric  Company  with 
the  idea  not  only  of  building  up  saleB  for  these  products,  and 
thus  help  to  make  their  researoh  work  self-supporting,  but  also 
with  the  very  broad  minded  purpose  of  giving  other  research 
workers  an  opportunity  to  know  about  these  comparatively  obscure 
products,  and  we  have  reason  to  believe  that  this  information  is 
proving  very  useful. 

We  believe  that  in  collecting  one  volume 
in  a  systematic  manner,  oondensed  oatalogs  of  the  chief  concerns 
having  products  of  interest  to  the  chemical  industries  and  index¬ 
ing  them  in  such  a  way  that  the  source  of  any  given  product  can 
conveniently  be. found  we  are  making  a  really  valuable  contribution 

to  the  progress  of  the  Industry,  and  industrial  research 
in  general  in  America,  and  we  feel  confident  that  when  you. 
see  what  we  are  trying  to  do  you  will  want  to  co-operate 
in  our  undertaking. 

The  1916  edition  of  the  Chemical  Engineering  Catalog 
is  far  from  complete,  but  it  was  necessary  to  make  a  beginning 
somewhere  and  the  welcome  which  has  been  accorded  it  is  such 
that  we  are  able  to  state  confidently  that  the  1917  edition 
will  be  at  least  twice  as  large  and  much  more  efficient  in  every 
way.  We  will  not  take  up  your  time  here  by  quoting  from  any  of 
the  numerous  letters  we  have  received  from  prominent  firms  and 
individuals  all  over  the  country,*  we  will  merely  state  the  gen- 
eral  concenous  of  opinion  is  that  the  catalog  is  filling  a  real 
need  and  proving  exceedingly  valuable  to  those  who  require  in¬ 
formation  of  this  kind.  At  the  same  time  we  are  receiving  equally 
satisfactory  comments  from  those  who  have  gone  to  the  trouble  and 
expense  of  placing  condensed  catalogs  of  their  products  in  the 
volume,  these  firms  stating  without  exception,  that  this  action  has 
resulted  in  their  receiving  business  which  they  would  not  other¬ 
wise  have  obtained. 

We  should  like  very  muoh  to  have  an  opportunity  of  taking 
up  this  proposition  with  whatever  one  of  your  assistants  who  lookB 
after  suoh  matters,  and  hope  that  you  will  give  us  an  opportunity 
of  doing  so  at  an  early  date. 

Tours  very  truly, 




December  £8,1910 

'  Ur.  Chao.  II.  Yiurth, 

177  Rich- Street, 

,  Orarige,  li.J. 

Dear  L’x.  l.urth :  .  .  • 

I  enclose  c  communication  from  the 
Sloktrotochniecher  Voroin.'  Probably  tboro  is  no 
nood  of  making  a  full  translation.  You  might  moko 
a  memorandum  as  to  the  cubstanco  and  then  .Mr.  2d  icon 
can  .decide  whothor  or  not  he- will  want  a  full  trans¬ 

Can  you  nako  out  tho  address  of  tho  gentle-  - 
man  who  coiit  the  enclosed  envelope  from  Husain? 

V.’ith  boat  wishes  for  a  Happy  liow  year. 

I  remain. 

Yours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison.' 




Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Condensite  Company  of  America  (E-16-20) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
the  Condensite  Co.  of  America,  a  producer  of  chemical  products  and  synthetic 
waxes,  in  which  Edison  held  shares  of  common  stock.  Two  documents  have 
been  selected:  an  annual  report  to  the  stockholders  by  president  Kirk  Brown 
and  a  comparative  balance  sheet  for  the  period  1914-1915  by  treasurer  Frank 
L.  Dyer. 

The  unselected  documents  consist  of  duplicates,  meeting 
announcements,  and  unsolicited  correspondence. 

Condensite  Company  op  America 


January  17,  1916. 

lo  the  Stockholders  of 

Condenslto  Company  of  Amerioa. 

The  business  of  your  Company  for  the  year  1916  has 
resulted  in  a  profit  of  £41.734.13,  from  which  after  charging 
for  depreciation,  the  Directors  at  their  laBt  meeting  set  aside 
a  sufficient  Bum  for  four  quarterly  dividends  of  each  on 
t^  the  preferred  stock.  Those  are  to  be  paid  on  March  30th,  June 
29th,  September  29th  ana  Decmber  30th  to  stockholders  of  record 

y  r> 

as  of  the  20th  day  of  the  Bame  months,  ana  for  this  purpose  the 
stookhb OOksuwill  be  closed  at  noon  on  the  last  named  days  and  re¬ 
opened  after  the  disbursement*  of  the  following  dividends. 

notwithstanding  She  inorease  in  oapital  requirements, 
there  has  been  no  inorease  in  ouptial  obligations  or  borrowings; 
in  fact  there  has  been  a  slight  reduction  in  the  latter  as 
shown  in  thd'  Dotes  Payable  item  in  the  balance  sheet. 

In  the  showing  made  for  the  year  the  most  satisfac¬ 
tory  feature  has  been  the  large  increase  in  the  company's  sales; 
some  of  this  no  doubt  is  duo  to  "war  btsiness",  but  for  the  most 
part  it  is  the  result  of  a  steady  healthful  growth  that  there  is 
every  reason  to  expeot  will  oontinue  during  the  present  year. 

Kesneotfully  submitted, 





January  17,  1916. 

To* the  Stockholders  of 

ConSenslte  Company  of  America. 

I  submit  report  of  the  bookB  of  your  Company  for  the  ; 
ending  December  31st,  1916. 

Comparative  Balenoe  Sheet 




Plant,  Bloomfield,  H.  J. 

Plant,  Wyandotte,  Mioh. 

Real  Estate  &  Bldgs.Bloomfield.H. J. 
Patent  Rights 



HoteB  &  accounts  receivable 


Unexplred  Insurance 



















473,646.74  1 


Capital  Stpok  Preferred 
n  "  Common 

"  In  Treasury 

AooountB  Payable 

Hotes  Payable 














Comparative  Profit  &  Loos  Statement  _ 

Profit  for  year 

Charged  off  for  depreciation 

Reserved  for  Dividends 
Surplus  for  year 
Defioit  1918 
Surplus  1914 

Surplus  January  1st,  1916. 


7.096.00  i 
■  £5 1156.5-9-  1 

Respectfully  submitted , 

Prank  i.  ^5feasurer, 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Deafness  (E-16-21) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  deafness  and  to  devices  for  the  hearing  impaired.  Included  are 
requests  for  Edison's  opinion  of  existing  hearing  aids,  as  well  as  inquiries 
concerning  his  plans  to  invent  such  a  device.  One  letter  from  a  correspondent 
offering  Edison  a  remedy  for  his  deafness  contains  a  comment  by  the  inventor 
that  "I  am  ready  to  try  anything  for  deafness  except  taking  medicine."  The 
correspondents  for  1916  include  attorney  William  J.  Curtis  of  Sullivan  & 
Cromwell  and  Edison  acquaintance  Frederic  A.  Whiting  of  Framingham, 

Approximately  1  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  receiving 
a  substantive  response  from  Edison,  have  been  selected.  The  unselected 
letters  received  no  answer  or  a  standard  reply  stating  that  Edison  had 
discontinued  his  hearing  aid  experiments  and  that  he  expected  to  return  to 
them  in  the  future. 

Ur.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  XT.  J. 

Dettr  3ir 

While  reading  an  article  in  the  January  number 
of  "POPULAR  UECHA1IICS" ,  X  noticed  the  statement  that  you 
are  deaf,  or  at  least  partially  so.  And  in  connection 
with  this  statement  I  am  writing  you. 

I  have  in  my  possession  a  remedy  by  which  two 
parties  have  absolutely  cured  themselves  of  deafness  .. 

This  remedy  is  yours  for  the  mere  ashing. 

Hoping  that  you  will  receive  this  in  the  spirit 
in  which  it  is  written,  I  am, 

<#£****?  v 

Yours  very  truly, 

P*E0  Snever  'been  aiok  a  day  in  my  life,  do  not  use  tobaooo,  nor  in¬ 
toxicants,  ray  sight "is  very  keen,  never  used  glasses,  am  now  50  yrs 
old,  sense  of  smell  is  very  aoute,  and  as  a  printer-editor  I  work  9 
hours  a  day  all  the  time.  I  have  tried  the  Aooustioon,  the  various 
ear  Phones,  ear  drums,  etc,  etc,,  and  while  they  did  give  Borne  aid, 
no  natural  improvement  has  resulted  and  now  after  several  years  fnkit 
less  efforts  I  am  almost  reconciled  to  the  malady.  Some  specialists 
tell  me  I  have  thickened  ear  drums,  other  say  the  Eustaohian  passage 
is  stopped  up.  I  oan  readily  hear  a  sharp  and  direct  metallic  sound, 
that  is  I  mean  when  metal  or  hard  substance  is  given  a  quick  blow,  or 
similar  to  the  beating  of  a  bass  drum  in  a  band. 

Therefore,  if  you  in  the  light  of  your  wonderful  sucoess  with  the 
marvellous  power  of  elftfcricity  and  its  personal  application  to  your 
own  case,  can  give  me  a  suggestion  of  a  means  or  method  to  employ  so 
that  Imay  derive  a  share  of  the  great  pleasure  that  is  found  in  your 

Diamond  diso  machine,  I  shall  arise  and  call  you  blessed  and  sing 
your  praises  from  this  day  and  thruout  all  eternity. 

You  will  padron  the  liberty  that  I  have  taken  to  address  you  as 
a  stranger,  and  yet  in  the  name  of  a  fellow  lover  of  the  beautiful 
and  good  in  art,  I  am  sure  you  will  give  me  the  benefit  of  your  ex¬ 
perience  and  if  possible  throw  out  a  suggestion  that  will  do  me  the 
very  good  that  I  so  much  crave. 

Yours  very  truly. 

475  Waverly 

i,  Brooklyn,  N.Y. 

1  May  9th  ,  1916. 

Mrs.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Madam: - 

The  writer 

experimenting  to  find  a  small  device  like  an  eye-glass, 

which  would  correct  the  deafness.  Recent  experiments  have  been 

quite  satisfactory. 

There  are  two  principles  involved,  well  known  to 
Mr.  Edison,  viz. 

(1)  To  stretch  the  diaphragm  so  that  it  will  not 
have  any  fundamental  note.  Hence  it  will  transmit  all  sound 
waves  impartially,  like  the  ear. 

(2)  To  alter  the  character  of  sound  to  fit  the  person 
who  is  hard  of  hearing,  by  altering  the  structure  of  the 
diaphragm,  by  hand  similar  to  the  manner  that  it  has  been 
altered  by  disease.  Mr.  Edison's  carbon  telephone  was  bassed 

on  this  principle,  that  to  alter  the  density  or  structure  of 
a  vehicle  transmitting  a  force,  will  alter  the  character  of  the 
force . 

I  would  like  to  show  my  models  to  Mr.  Edison,  as  I  am 
poor  and  thought  that  he  would  he^p  me.  I  know  some  people 
in  East  Orange  or  Maplewood  who  will  recomend  me. 

Yours  very  sincerely, 

'  J. . 

hard  of  hearing,  and  hab  been 




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July  26th.  1916. 

Mr.  Edward  J.  Wilson, 

476  Waverly  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  H.Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  ninth  instant  to 
Mrs.  Edison  was  handed  by  her  to  her  husband. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  say  that  if 
you  have  an  instrument  that  actually  operates 
he  will  try  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 

(signed)  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  EdiBon. 

Belleville,  N.  J„ 

Sept  12th  1910 

Mr  Thomas  A  Edison 

Orange  N.J. 

Dear  Sir: — 

An  old  timer  telegraph  operator  wishes  the  benefit  of 
your  experience  and  advice  in  a  case  of  deafness  caused  by  a 
oatarrahal  condition  walls  of  inner  ear  affected  both  sides  and 
aggravated  by  extreme  nervousness  account  inability  to  continue  in 
business  Is  there  any.. remedy  for  cure  or  to  prevent  becoming 
totally  deaf  or  appi.j^noe  which  will  assist  in  such  cases 

Doctors  advise  care  and  attention  to  general  health  avoid 
the  things  which  produce  nervousness  etc  but  do  not  give  muoh 
encouragement  in  overcoming  or  arresting  progress  of  the  trouble. 

A  letter  from  you  will  be  greatly  appreciated 
Very  respectfully 

C.  C.  Coomer 

448  Washington  Ave 


475  Y/averly  Ave . , 

Brooklyn,  M.Y., 

Sept.  23rd,  1916. 

Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadcwcroft, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Orange ,  M.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  July  26th, 
about  the  device  and  method  to  correct  a  defective 
hearing,  will  state: 

(1)  The  device  is  the  mechanical 
equivalent  of  the  "ear-drum"  and  ear-boneB. 

(2)  The  model  is  very  oi-ude. 

(3)  It  actually  operates. 

(4)  The  chief  remaining  difficulty 
'  is  to  make  a  substance  for  diaphragms. 

(5)  The  invention's  immediate  use 
'^O****'  l  ia  t0  save  our  hearing  but  it  improves  the 

phonograph  and  telephone,  and  makes  praotioal 
wireless  telephones  and  "talking"  moving  pictures. 

Kindly  make  an  appointment  for  Mr. Edison 
to  try  model. 

11 . 
l 'tM * 

Youtb  truly, 

September  30th. 1916 

Mr.  Edward  J.  Wilson, 

&75  Waverly  Avenue, 

Brooklyn,  II,  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your-  favor  of  the  23rd  instant  has  boon  received, 
and  i  have  shown  it  to  Mr.  Edison.  He  says  that  he  will  try 
your  device. 

He  is  usually  here  every  day  end  all  day  long,  but 
just  now  there  is  a  little  bit  of  uncertainty,  as  he  iB  tend¬ 
ing  to  some  matters  in  connection-  with  the  Haval  Consulting 
Board.  She  probability  is  that  he  will  be  in  at  any  time  you 
are  able  to -  come  over,  but  X  suggest  that  you  first  call  me 
on  the  telephone ' and  sake  sure  that,  he  is  in. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison, 

October  12,  1916 

Mr.  Edward  J.  Wilson,  ' 

475  Yi'averly.  Ave., 

Brooklyn,  II ew  York. 

Dear  Sir:-’ . 

In  accordance  with  ray  promise,  I  havo  asked 
Mr.  Edison  if  ho  knows  of  any  such  subotsneo  as  you 
mention  for  use  in  making  diaphragms .  He  says  that  he 
regrets  that  ho  does  not  know  of  any,  and  therefor  is 
unable  to  holpryou  out  in  that  respect. 

Yours  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

r  doar  Mr. Edison:  .  ...  , 

The  compilers  of  this  pamphlet  are  dear  friends  of 
r  family.  Dr. Wiliam  Terry  was  Harold  Clark's  that  he 
lows  well  of  the  vast  service  the  Touch  Alphabet  idea, originated  by 
Lm  was  during  his  deafnoss,—  and  the  more  so  after  he  was  also  blind. 

Knowing  of  course— all  the  world  knows  of  whatever  affects  your 
lie— about  your  lack  of  perfect  heaping,  I  thought  thiB  pamphlet  might 
a  of  service  to  you, as  I  am  quite  sure  it  will  interest  you. 

I  shall  be  vory,very  glad  if  it  suggests  anything  of  practical 
iluo  to  you.  Faithfully  yours, 

Mr.Thos  A. Edison,  = -  / 

Orange, N.J.  I 

y:  UfcJt  ^  Zr3S  tfWI,  ten.  , 



With  a  Brief  Sketch  of  the  Achievements 
-of  Dr.  Wiliiam  Terry  During 
Fifteen  Years  of  Total 
Blindness  -  and 

October  24, 1916 ; 

Bfc>  Eredorio  A.' Whiting • 

Eleven  State  Street*  V-  < 

■  Eraminghein.  Center.,  • 

.  Massachusetts. 

UearlSr.BMtinE*  .  ^ 

:  .  ' .  Xonr  esteemed  ’Savor  of  the  16tli 

instant  and  enclosed  pamphlet  ’"Bio  V/iilioia  Terry 
•Touch  Alphabet"  was  received  and  fouhd. very. inter- : 

'  it  is  quite  an  ingenious  syctom,-  but  1 
find  the  Morse  Alphabet  would  be  practical v also. 

I  can  reed  Uoreo  at  the  rate  of  36  words  per  minute, . 
by  touch  only,,  and  if  -the  Associated  rroes  abbre¬ 
viations  ere  ueed  1  caii  road  100  words  per  minute. 


HQl. %W/. 

Mr.  ¥/.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Hy  dear  Mr.  j'eadowcroft : 

I  thank  you  very  sincerely  for  your  kind 
letter  of  the  16th  and  for  Mr.  Edison's  contribution 
to  the  New  York  League  for  the  Hard  of  Hearing.  His 
gift  will  be  deeply  appreciated. 

The  League  is  one  of  the  youngest  of  philan¬ 
thropic  activities  in  New  York  and,  so  far  as  I  can 
observe,  one  of  the  most  needed  in  view  of  the  diffi¬ 
culty  that  the  unfortunate  deaf  and  hard  of  hearing 
find  in  obtaining  employment.  It  also  assists  them  to 
learn  lip-reading  v/hich  in  many  cases  changes  the  whole 
aspect  of  life. 

Please  thank  Mr.  Edison  personally  for  me. 

Very  sincerely  yours. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  E-2  Explosion  (E-16-22) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  an 
explosion  in  January  1916  aboard  the  Navy's  E-2  submarine  in  the  Brooklyn 
Navy  Yard  that  resulted  in  the  death  of  five  men.  Included  is  a  draft  letter  in 
Edison's  hand  to  the  Brooklyn  Eagle,  along  with  clippings  from  the  New  York 
Times,  New  York  Herald,  and  other  newspapers.  Among  the  newspaper 
accounts  is  the  testimony  before  a  Naval  Court  of  Inquiry  of  Lt.  (later  Vice 
Adm.)  Charles  M.  Cooke,  Jr.,  commander  of  the  E-2;  Lt.  (later  Adm.)  Chester 
W.  Nimitz,  an  expert  witness  on  Cooke's  behalf;  and  Capt.  (later  Adm.)  George 
E  Burd  industrial  manager  of  the  Brooklyn  Navy  Yard.  There  is  also  a  satirical 
poem  from  the  Eagle  critical  of  the  Edison  battery  and  the  Navy's  handling  of 
the  case.  Related  documents,  including  numerous  letters  attesting  to  the  safely 
of  Edison's  batteries  solicited  from  customers  after  the  accident,  can  be  found 
in  E-16-08  (Battery,  Storage  -  General). 

This  folder  also  contains  some  items  not  directly  related  to  the  explosion, 
similar  to  the  material  in  the  "Battery,  Storage  --  Submarines"  folders  in 
previous  years  of  the  Edison  General  File.  These  include  a  letter  written  by 
Edison's  chief  engineer,  Miller  Reese  Hutchison,  one  day  before  the  accident 
regarding  analyses  of  the  gases  in  the  E-2  conducted  by  the  Bureau  of 
Construction  and  Repair  of  the  U.S.  Navy  Dept.  Also  included  are  instructions 
for  the  care  and  operation  of  the  S-16  ("Navy  Special")  Heavy  Duty  Cells 
manufactured  by  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  and  a  communication  from 
Hutchison  concerning  competition  from  the  Electric  Storage  Battery  Co. 

Approximately  90  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  unsolicited  correspondence  that  received  no 
reply  from  Edison. 

January  14,  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

In  the  analyses  made  of  the  (rases  in  the  E-2, 
said  analyses  being  conducted  b experts  of  the  Bureau  of 
Construction  and  ilepair,  both  the  Herapel  apparatus  with  the 
palladium  U  tube  for  the  absorption,  and  the  Haldane  apparatus, 
with  the  combustion  tube  for  the  determination,  were  used. 
Several  analyses  of  the  same  samples  with  both  apparatus 
shoe  the  same  results  identically,  to  the  ^Hempol  was  not 
used  to  any  oxtent.  The  reason  for  this  was  chiefly  owing  to 
the  fact  that  the  Huldane  apparatus  was  more  rapid  and  there¬ 
fore  more  frequent  determinations  could  be  made. 

One  of  the  teats  was  of  exceedingly  great 
interest.  The  battery,  hawing  received  a  full  charge  starting 
at  1.00  A.  M. ,  and  concluding  at  9.A.  M. ,  tho  boat  was  sealed 
at  . 9.12  A.  M. ,  fifteen  men  being  aboard.  Samples  of  this 
ruri  wero  all  collected  from  the  inlet  to  the  battory  talk, 
as  itwas  bolieved  that  this  would  give  us  a  fair  average 
sample  for  hydrogon.  (Several  samples  collected  at  random 
throughout  the  boat  checked  perfectly). 

Results  of  these  anljryyes  are  as  follows 
TIKE  002  % 

9.12  A.  M. 



12.12  P.  ii. 

1.12  P.  la. 

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21.36'/i'  .07;, 


21.49  .63 

:  1.19  .02 

80.95  .89 

20.9b  .98 

20.75  .  1.09 

20.64  1.20 

20.40  1.45 

20.24  1.56 

It  will  be  noted  that  tho  rise  of  hydrogen  was 
considerable  for  the  first  half  hour,  and  after  that  it  was 
slow  and  steady  till  at  the  end  of  nine  hours  it  reached 
1,56.  Tike  run  was  concluded  at  the  ninth  hour,  as  it  was 
felt  thlft  sufficient  data  had  been  obtainod  regarding  hydrogen, 
and  some  of  the  crew  were  oxperiodcing  the  doprossing  effect 
of  carbon  dioxide. 



January  181h ,  1916. 


You  of  course  are  familiar  with  the  explosion  on  hoard 
the  E-2  on'  Saturday  last  and  perhaps  hy  this  time  have  been  aBked 
repeatedly  as  to  what  was  the  cause. 

I  am  attaching  hereto  a  statement  whioh  Ur.  Hutchison 
is  issuing  to  the  newspaper  men  and  would  request  that  you  watch 
the  papers  daily  for  any  information  regarding  this  situation  that 
is  published.  I  might  say  for  your  information  that  the  Board 
of  Inauiry  appointed  by  the  Secretary  of  the  Navy  meets  today  at 
lOsOO  o'olook  and  the  results  of  this  Board  will  be  made  public 
I  hope  at  an  early  date. 

The  writer  spent  most  of  Sunday  in  the  Navy  Yard  with  Dr. 
Hutohison,  Ur.  Bachjnan,  and  our  Eleotrioal  Engineer,  Ur.  Harold  Smith, 
interviewing  the  various  navy  officers:  and  about  Half-past  Eleven 
we  descended  into  the  hull  of  the  E-2  to  make  a  superficial  examina¬ 
tion.  The  battery  looks  to  be  intact  and  as  far  as  can  be  learned 
at  this  time  the  battery  is  uninjured,  although  of  course  this  will 
not  be  fully  developed  or  ascertained  until  such  time  as  the  debris  is 
cleared  out  and  the  oells  removed. 

Ho  one  attthis  time  oan  definitely  state  what  caused  the 
explosion  and  of  course  it  is  most  unfortunate  for  us  coming  at  this 
time,  as  it  does,  with  the  first  installation  of  a  submarine  battery 
to  have  this  frightful  catastrophe  but  you  may  re Bt  assured  that 
when  the  final  analysis  of  the  situation  1b  made  public  you  will  find 
that  thev  Edison  Battery,  while  it  may  have  been  a  contributory  cause 
to  the  explosion,  was  not  the  main  oause;  and  that  this  same  thing 
oould  ooour  in  any  submarine  under  like  conditions.  I  am  not  at 
liberty  at  this  time  to  give  you  all  the  particulars  in  the  matter 
as  I  do  not  deem  it  advisable  to  discuss  this  matter  to  any  great 
extent  until  after  the  Navy  Department,  through  the  Secretary,  has  made 
public  the  Board  of  Inquiry  findings. 

I  appreciate  fulwell  that  without  sufficient  authentic 
data  and  information  it  will  be  hard  for  you  ^satisfy  public  clamor 
for  information  and  that  possibly  your  lack  of  this  information  and_ 
explanation  as  to  the  cauBe  of  the  disaster  may  embarrass  you  somewhat 
in  the  sale  of  batteries  to  prospective  customers.  However  I  shall 
expect  you  to  use  diplomacy  in  thlB  matter  and  do  your  best  to  explain 
a^y  the  conditions  to  the  best  of  your  ability,  using  your  common 
sense  as  to  Just  what  explanation  you  shall  make.  You of  oourse  _ 
know  that  Hydrogen  combined  wit ht the  right  proportion  of  Oxygen  makes 
an  explosive  mixture  when  ignited,  but  our  commercial  aPPli°a^°n 
of  batteries  would  obviate  this  oonfining  of  the  gases  given  off  while 
oharging  due  to  the  ventilation  of  battery  compartments,  andonall 
moving  vehioles  there  is  no  possibility  with  any  kind  of  ventilation 
of  any  serious  consequences  whatsoever. 

I  am  reliably  informed  that  the  Y-4,  Priortohersinking 
Honolulu  Harbor  some  time  ago,  had  an  explosion  within  the  battery 

ansa  istn.  _ 

■  /^; 

Mr.  Edison: 

When  X  used  to  box,  I  would  let/thf\  Vther  fellow  get  in  £ 
few  light  taps  on  me,  to  encouragelhiW 
/  Then  I  would  watch  my  opportunity  and  soak  him  a  little 
jolt  to  make  him  mad,  and  cause  him  to  lose  discretion. 

After  letting  him  wind  himself  in  chasing  me  around  the 
ring,  I  would  jump  in  and  land  just  one  good  solar  plexus 

an  uppercut  on  the- jaw,  and  my  joh  was  done. 

I  learned  the  lesson  hy  having  a  fellow  work  it  on  me 
once  or  twice. 

The  Sxide  hunch  have  shown,  hy  their  tactics,  that  they 
dont  know  anything  about  our  Submarine  Cell.  They  are  judg¬ 
ing  it  in  terms  of  the  ■£"  tube  cells.  Dont  even  seem  to  know 
we  have. the  water  trap  to  stop  the  alkaline  spray.  It  does 
it,  because  the  cells  at  the  Brooklyn  Yard  are  as  clean  as 
your  desk. 

So  before  Congressmen,  and  especially  Eoreigners  get  to 
placing  too  much  credence  in  their  ravings,  I  want  to  hand 
them  the  attached  jolt  to 'make  them  mad  and  lose  their 
discretion.  Then  they  will  run  wild,  and  I  can  step  in 
later  and  land  the  solar  plexus,  I  hope. 

Dont  forget.  They  are  supplying  NO  BOAT  BUILDERS  in  this 
Country  with  their  submarine  batteries.  They  used  to  have  ALL 
the  business,  but  they  overcharged  builders  and  Government 
so  much  they  are  in  wrong  all  around.  Gould  beat  them  out 
absolutely  through  the  superiority  of  the  Gould  cell,  which 
is  the  best  cell  that  has  ever  gone  into  a' submarine.  Some  of 
them  are  still  in  service  after  5  years,  in  one  of  the  E  boats 
Gould  makes  the  same  sort  of  cell,  as  faraas  the  sealing  etc. 
goes  as  the  Ekide  are  now  preaching. 

The  Exide  Co.  are  putting  these  ads  in  all  the  Service 
papers.  X  want  to  put  this  ad.  in  the  Array  Sc  Navy  Journal 

a.nd  the  Army  and  Navy  Register.  The  two  papers  cover  the 

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entire  Service,  and  are  on  the  tables  of  all  the^cluhs 
throughout  the  Country  and  in  Europe.  $200.00  will  more 
than  cover  the  expense.  It  is  very  important  to  us. 


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Thomas  A.  Edison. 

The  Edison  Battery  is  defective  in  naval 
report  on  E-2  explosion.  Elease  send  to 
the  Eagle  a  statement  in  defense. 



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To  facilitate  oomprehenaion  of  the  Instructions  for  the  Care 
and  Operation  of  the  Navy  Special  Heavy  Duty  Type  S-16  (5X3)  Cell, 
it  is  deemed  expedient  to  preface  same  hy  a  Brief  description  of  the 
internal  construction,  because  it  differs  from  the  types  of  Edison 
Cells  heretofore  described. 


( Figure  1.)  There  are  sixteen  positive  plates  each  oonsisting 

of  a  large  grid  to  which  the  fifteen  sub-grids,  supporting  the 
tubes  of  active  material,  are  electrically  welded.  A  projection 
on  eaoh  plate  protrudes  through  the  stuffing  box  in  the  cover  by 
which  connections  are  made  to  the  other  positive  plates  in  the  cell 
and  between  adjaoent  cells. 


(Figure  2.)  There  are  seventeen  negative  plates  eaoh 
similarly  consisting  of  a  large  grid  to  which  fifteen  sub-grids, 
supporting  the  negative  pookets,  are  electrically  welded. 


(Figures  3  and  6.  )  The  positive  and  negative  plates  are 
intermeshed  as  shown,  forming  a  compact  group.  The  edges  are 
separated  by  means  of  small  hard  rubber  insulators,  through  which 
and  through  the  plates  are  passed  bolts  which  hold  the  plates  firmly 
together,  while  at  the  same  time  keeping  them  electrically  distinct. 
Hard  rubber  strips,  in  hair-pin  form,  (see  Figure  1)  are  suspended 
fromh,oles  near  the  top  of  each  positive  plate  and  serve  to  keq>  it 
separated  from  the  adjaoent  negative  plates. 


The  plates  thus  assembled  are  supported  from  steel  keys 
passing  through  the  upper  projections  of  the  plates  and  resting  on 
the  stuffing  boxes  in  the  oover. 


(Figure  5.)  The  container  is  of  sheet  steel  autogenously 
welded  at  side  and  bottom,  and  covered  externally  by  a  semi-hard 
rubber  sheet  firmly  vulcanized  to  the  steel. 

On  the  bottom  of  each  cell  there  are  welded  two  steel  bosses, 
likewise  rubber  ouvered,  which  set  in  the  poroelain  insulators 
by  which  the  oell  is  s upported. 


(Figure  5.)  The  oell  top  is  drawn  up  from  similar  sheet 
steel,  and  is  welded  to  the  body  of  the  container  by  the  autogenous 

Attached  thereto  will  be  found  - 
a  -  The  positive  and  negative  pole  stuffing  boxes 
b-  The  filling  aperture 
o:  -  The  gas  trep* 
d  -  The  drain  tube 

(Figure  5.)  The  positive  and  negative  plates  extend  through 
hard  rubber  bushings,  between  the  corrugated  surfaces  of  whioh  is 
clamped  and  expanded,  a  soft  rubber  gasket,  serving  to  seal  these 
openings . 


The  filling  aperture  is  provided  with  a  rubber  covered  screw 
cap,  whioh  must  be  kept  closed,  except  when  replenishing  solution. 



(Figures  4  and  5.)  The  gas  trap  consists  of  metal  container 
and  two  baffle  plates.  Gas  evolved  within  the  cell  must  pass 
through  the  water  seal  in  the  trap  before  leaving  the  cell. 

The  minute  gas  bubbles  evolved  from  the  electrolyte  on 
charge,  oarry  small  amounts  of  potash  with  them.  These  bubbles 
being  forced  to  pass  through  the  water  seal,  leave  the  potash  therein. 
Therefore,  when  the  cell  is  replenished  with  distilled  water, 
part  of  said  water  passes  through  the  trap,  thereby  returning  tie 
potash  to  the  electrolyte. 

If  the  level  of  the  electrolyte  is  allowed  to  fall  considerably 
below  the  tops  of  the  plates  of  any  make  of  storage  battery,  an 
internal  explosion  of  the  gases  is  apt  to  occur. 

Also  if,  by  chance,  the  ventilation  of  the  battery  tank, 
within  which  the  cells  are  ins-tailed,  should  become  interrupted, 
and  the  gases  in  the  tank  ignited  by  any  means,  considerable  damage 
is  apt  to  be  done. 

This  trap  serves  to  prevent  any  explosion  within  an  Edison 
Cell  from  reaching  the  gases  in  the  tank,  and  vice  versa,  because 
of  the  water  seal. 

For  the  purpose  of  oleaningthe  gas  trap,  it  may  be  removed 
by  unscrewing  the  gas  trap  nut  shown  in  Figure  4. 


To  enable  the  cells  to  be  drained  without  removal  from  the 
battery,  each  is  provided  with  a  one-inch  tube, flattened  below 
the  cell  cover,  and  extending  downward  to  within  l/4"  from  the 
bottom  of  the  oell.  A  hard  rubber  cap  on  the  top  seals  this  tube. 


The  rated  capacity  at  the  3-hour  rate  of  1065  amperes  is  3200 
ampere  hours  to  one  volt  per  cell,  and  the  average  voltage  during 
such  d is  charge  is  1.17  volts  per  oell.  The  one-hour  discharge  rate 
is  2135  amperes.  The  energy  rating  of  the  cell  is  3744  watt  hours, 
and  is  based  on  the  three-hour  disoharge  rating. 


(Figure  3.)  All  Type  "S"  Edison  Storage  Cells  have  an 
insulating  covering  of  semi-hard  rubber  firmly  vuloanized  to  the  steel 
container.  Care  should  be  taken  that  this  covering  is  not  injured  in 
handling  the  oells. 

A  combined  gas  trap  wrench  and  lifting  plug  is  provided  with 
eaoh  battery  of  oells. 

The  oells  can  be  easily  handled  by  a  chain  hoist,  usid  in 
connection  with  the  lifting  plug.  Unscrew  the  gas  trap  nut  (Figure  6) 
and  remove  the  gas  trap.  Screw  the  threaded  end  of  the  lifting  plug 
into  the  gas  trap  opening  and  do  all  lifting  of  cells  by  the  plug. 

When  cells  have  been  placed,  remove  lifting  plug  and  replace 
gas  trap. 


Eaoh  oell  has  two  poles  or  terminals;  one  of  eaoh  polarity. 

The  positive  pole  is  designated  by  a  plus  (  )  mark  stamped  on  the 
metal  top  alongside  the  pole. 

Eaoh  positive  pole  must  be  connected  to  the  negative  pole  of 
the  next  oell  in  the  series. 

Each  pole  oonsists  of  the  projections  rising  from  all  the  plates 
of  the  same  polarity  in  the  cell.  Connections  are  made  by 


Positive  Plate  with  hard  rubber  insulating  strips  in  place. 

negative  Slate 

Plates  partly  withdrawn  from  oontainer. 


Sectional  View  through  Trap. 


Sectional  View  of  Cell. 


Eleetrio  Filling  Outfit  in  Operation. 


Method  of  determining  height  of  solution.  A  glass  tube  in  inserted 
in  the  small  opening  until  it  rests  on  tops  of  the  plates  within. 
Then  the  top  end  is  closed  by  the  finger  of  the  hand  and  the  tube 
withdrawn.  The  height  of  the  column  of  water  in  the  tube  should  be 
three-quarter  inch  (3/4"). 

msana  of  flat  nlokel -plated  copper  strips  which  fit  between  the 
plate  projections  and  are  held  firmly  in  plaoe  by  means  of  bolts 
passing  through  the  poles  and  connectors* 

All  eleotrioal  connections  must  be  tight  and  the  contacting 
metal  surfaoe  olean.  A  loose  or  dirty  contact  at  the  cell  pole  will 
cause  excessive  heating  and  may  be  detected  by  feeling  the  connection 
after  current  has  been  passing  for  some  time. 


During  oharge,  water  of  the  solution  is  decomposed  and  driven 
off  as  gas.  This  water  must  be  replaced.  Do  not  allow  the  level 
of  the  solution  to  drop  so  low  that  the  positive  tubes  (see  Figure 
5)  are  visible  above  the  surface,  and  do  not  fill  higher  than  3/4" 
above  the  tops  of  plates. 

To  test  height  of  solution,  a  glass  tube  may  be  used,  as  in 
Figure  7,  Insert  tube  in  filler  opening  in  top  of  cell  until 
tops  of  plates  are  touched;  close  upper  end  of  tube  with  forefirger 
and  withdraw  the  tube.  Height  of  liquid  in  tube  will  indicate 
height  of  solution  above  plates  in  cell.  Glass  tube  must  be  not 
less  than  3/16"  inside  diameter,  and  ends  must  be  straight  out. 

Before  starting  a  charge,  always  test  height  of  solution  in 
pilot  cells. 

Wften  solution  becomes  low,  fill  to  3/4"  above  plate  tops, 
using  for  the  purpose  only  -pure  distilled  water  whioh  has  been 
kept  in  a  olose^-  vessel*  This  must  be  done  with  the  ELECTRIC  FILLING 
OUTFIT  described  herein.  Never  use  anything  but  -pure  distilled  water, 
whioh  has  been  kept  in  a  closed  vessel,  for  replenishing.  If  the 
distilled  water  is  kept  in  an  open  vessel,  it  will  absorb  oarbonio 

aoid  from  the  atmosphere. 

feat  filler  before  using,  hy  making  connection  with  knife, 
key,  or  other  piece  of  metal,  between  meta^  tip  and  body  of  filler. 

If  the  bell  will  not  ring,  either  the  electrical  connections  of  the 
filler  are  broken,  the  bell  needs  adjusting,  or  the  dry  cells  are 
worn  out  and  should  be  renewed. 

So  operate,  first  allow  a  small  quantity  of  water  to  flow  into 
the  trap  to  displace  the  potash-laden  water  in  the  water  seal. 

Then  insert  the  filler  into  the  filling  aperture  in  the  top  of 
cell  ( Figure  6.)  If  the  bell  rings,  the  solution  is  at  the  proper 
height.  If  it  does  not,  allow  the  water  to  flow  until  the  bell 
rings,  after  which  turn  off  water  and  remove  filler  from  cell. 

Use  only  distilled  water  with  the  outfit.  Do  not  attempt  to 
use  it  for  re-filling  batteiy  with  solution. 

Take  care,  when  filling,  not  to  slop  water  over  and  around  cells, 
or  to  exceed  specified  height  above  plateB.  If  filled  too  high, 
solution  will  be  forced  out  of  cells  during  charge. 


The  battery  tanks  of  submarines  are  equipped  with  ventilation 
system.  See  that  the  ventilation  system  is  in  operation  to  full 
oapaoity,  when  the  battery  is  being  charged,  so  that  all  gases 
(hydrogen  and  oxygen)  may  be  expelled  from  the  battery  compartment. 

The  normal  charge  is  960  amperes  for  five  hours.  The  lew est 
rate  that  should  be  employed  for  charging  is  700  amperes  for  seven 
hours.  If  the  battery  is  not  completely  discharged,  the  charge  may 


l)e  of  shorter  duration  in  proportion  to  the  extent  of  previous 
discharge,  i.  e.  the  cells  can  be  recharged  at  any  point  of  discharge. 

When  recharging  battery,  do  not  charge  at  less  than  700  amperes. 
Low  rate  charging  does  no  permanent  injury,  but  it  reduces  the  voltage 
of  the  battery  on  the  discharge  immediately  following. 

No  injury  will  be  done  by  charging  these  cells  at  higher  rates 
or  by  prolonged  overcharging,  provided  the  plates  are  kept  covered 
with  solution  and  the  temperature  of  any  cell  does  not  exceed 
115  degrees  Fahrenheit. 

The  temperature  of  the  electrolyte  in  cells  should  not  be 
allowed  to  exoeed  116  degrees  Fahr. ,  especially  during  charge.  If 
during  a  high  rate  discharge  the  temperature  rises  above  this 
value,  the  cells  should  be  allowed  to  cool  to  about  100  degrees 
before  commencing  the  subsequent  charge,  unless,  in  war  time,  it 
is  necessary  to  charge  immediately,  regardless  of  battery  temperature. 
Habitual  overheating  will  considerably  shorten  the  frfcfwx  useful  life 
of  the  battery  even  though  no  immediate  effect  is  discernible. 

CAUTION  -  To  insure  sealed  condition  of  cells  at  all  times,  fit 
thermometer  with  soft  rubber  plug  and  insert  same  snugly  into  orifice. 
Vent  of  cell  should  be  kept  closed  at  all  times  to  prevent 
carbonization  of  electrolyte. 


The  gases  evolved  by  a  storage  battery  are  oxygen  and  hydrogen, 
which  are  violently  eaplosive  when  mixed  in  certain  proportions, 
but  are  rendered  inert  by  mixture  with  air  in  sufficient  quantity. 

The  ventilation  system  of  a  subna rine  supplies  the  necessary 
air  and  drives  the  battery  gases  overboard. 

While  charging  the  battery,  it  is  essential  to  run  the  blowers 
at  full  speed  and  to  arrange  the  valves  to  exhaust  outboard. 

A  cell  whioh  has  been  completely  discharged  and  is  reversed  in 
polarity,  gases  at  the  same  rate  (for  a  given  current  value)  as  a 
fully  charged  cell,  as  long  as  current  is  being  passed  through  it. 
Reversed  cells  should  be  treated  as  charging  cells  with  respect 
to  ventilation. 

When,  for  test  purposes  or  otherwise,  the  battery  is  being 
discharged  to  complete  exhaustion,  some  cells  may  reverse  before  the 
others  are  exhausted,  and  full  outboard  ventilation  should  be  pro¬ 
vided  during  the  latter  part  of  the  discharge  beginning  at  the  time 
the  voltage  reaches  a  low  value  as  follows: 

gtooharge  Rate  Average  voltage  per  cell 

8-hour  or  less 




While  ventilating,  never  remove  the  battery  deck  hatches. 

If  this  is  done  the  effectiveness  of  the  ventilating  system  will 
be  destroyed. 

Always  ventilate  outboard  except  when  submerged. 

Sparks  and  open  flames  should  not  be  permitted  within  a 
submarine  boat. 

The  cells  and  battery  compartment  must  be  kept  clean  and  dry. 

Cleaning  should  he  done  at  least  once  a  month  by  means  of  a 
steam  blast  blown  down  between  the  cells,  thoroughly  removing  all 
potash  and  dirt.  The  steam  should  be  followed  by  a  blast  of  air,  pre¬ 
ferably  heated,  which  will  insure  the  removal  of  all  moisture. 

Dirt  and  dampness  are  likely  to  cause  current  leakage. 


The  cells  are  covered  with  rubber  to  within  a  short  distance 
of  the  top.  Above  the  rubber  covering  the  sides  are  coated  with 
"P.  and  B",  an  alkali-proof  insulating  paint.  Cells  showing  bare 
spots  should  be  re-coated  *±th  this  paint.  To  make  it  adhere 
properly,  611  surfaces  to  be  coated  must  be  oleaned  perfectly  free 
of  moisture,  grease  and  dirt,  after  which  the  paint  may  be  applied 
with  a  brush. 


The  normal,  strength  of  solution  is  about  1.200,  as  measured  by 
hydrometer,  but  may  air,  times  be  as  high  as  1.230. 

In  time,  the  solution  becomes  weak,  and  if,  when  tested  after 
a  full  charge,  the  hydrometer  gives  a  reading  of  1.160  or  less, 
cells  should  be  entirely  emptied  and  refilled  with  fresh  solution, 
filling  to  3/4"  above  plates  tops. 

The  cells  should  be  emptied  through  the  drain  tube  (Figure  6) 
syphoning  out  the  solution  through  the  hose  supplied  for  the  purpose, 
or  the  solution  oan  be  forced  out  by  air  pressure  applied  through 
the  gas  trap. 

Standard  Renewal  Solution  must  be  obtained  from  the  Edison 
Storage  Battery  Company.  The  amount  required  for  filling  is 
liters  per  cell. 

The  specific  gravity  of  the  Standard  Renewal  Solution  is 
1.250,  hut  when  put  into  the  hattefcy  it  will  fall  quickly,  due  to 
mixture  with  the  old,  weaker  solution  remaining  in  the  plates. 


When  ready  to  re- fill,  first  discharge  the  battery  completely, 
then  remove  the  solution.  Immediately  re-fill  with  new  solution 
through  the  filler  opening  (provided  with  screw  cap)  using  a  glass 
funnel  or  enamelled  ware  funnel,  or  syphon  directly  from  the  drum, 
by  means  of  a  clean  rubber  hose. 


The  use  of  the  Electric  Milling  Outfit  (Figure  6)  insures 
proper  replenishing  of  water,  and  saves  labor,  time  and  trouble. 

1  -  Read  paragraph  on  "Battery  Gases  and  Ventilation"  pages 
7  and  8,  and  be  governed  accordingly. 

2  -  Never  put  aoid  or  any  material  not  specified  into  the 
Edison  Cell,  or  use  utensils  that  have  been  used  with  acid,  you 
may  ruin  the  oell. 

3  -  Never  bring  a  lighted  match  or  other  open  flame  near  the 

4  -  Never  lay  a  tooi  or  other  piece  of  metal  on  the  battery. 


B  -  Always  keep  filler  oaps  closed,  except  when  necessary 
to  have  them  open  for  filling,  etc.,  as  provided  in  these 

6  -  Do  not  remove  the  steel  keys  from  the  poles  (Figure  5) 
as  this  will  allow  the  plates  to  drop  down  in  the  oell. 



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August,  1916. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Ediphone  (E-16-23) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence,  interoffice  communications,  and 
other  items  relating  to  the  Dictating  Machine  Division  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. 
The  documents  pertain  to  the  commercial  development  of  the  Edison  Dictating 
Machine  (renamed  the  Ediphone  in  1918)  and  related  products  such  as  the 
Telescribe  (a  device  for  recording  telephone  conversations)  and  the 
Transophone  (a  correction/repeat  attachment  to  the  dictating  machine). 
Related  material  can  be  found  in  E-16-75  (Telescribe)  [not  selected].  Among 
the  documents  for  1916  are  items  pertaining  to  fire  prevention  in  Building  20 
of  Edison's  West  Orange  laboratory  complex.  The  correspondents  include 
division  manager  Nelson  C.  Durand  and  employees  C.E.  Fairbanks  and  S.  G. 

Less  than  5  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  relates  primarily  to  weekly  sales  and  to  promotional 

March  21st.  1916. 

Mr.  Langley: 

Hote  carbon  that  I  have  addressed  to  M r.  Edison 
this  morning  regarding  duplicate  winding  machinery  and 
stock  parts  so  that  we  can  commence  making  motors  in  case 
of  a  fire  in  your  department. 

At  your  earliest  convenience  please  give  this 
your  best  consideration  and  Mr.  Constable  who  is  here  with 
me  says  he  will  be  glad  to  have  the  details  of  your  advice. 

H.  C.  DUBAUD. 

\  ■  copy. 

■  March  21st.  1916. . 

Hr.  Edison:  ftAC.  PKEM£tJr,a*i 

Ehe  fire  last  night  has  suggested  to  me  'that 
it  would  not  be  expensive  or  difficult  to  provide  winding 
machinery  and  duplicate  stock  room  of  small  motor  parts 
so  that  we  could  in  case  of  fire  commence  to  manufacture 
motors  for  our  dictating  machines  in  the  storage  battery 
or  some  other  part  of  the  plant.- 

Yhe  electrical  building  just  now  will  be  badly 
crowded  and  will  contain  more  inflammable  material  than 


March  28th, 19X6 

Mr. J.P. Constable; copy  to  Mr.H.C. Durand: 

Replying  to  Mr. Durand's  memo  of  the  21st, 
with  respect  to  preparedness  in  case  of  fire  in.  building 
#20,  please  note  there  are  several  important  materials 
which  are  purchased  only  for  Electrical  Stock  and  which 
if  a  small  quantity  could  be  kept  in  another  building 
would  aid  us  to  start  work  again  at  once  in  the  event  of 
fire  in  the  department. 

This  stock  would  comprise  commercial  material; 
fine  wire, leads  and  cords  etc., which  are  coming  in  today  on 
a  60  day  or  longer  delivery  basis .with  no  better  promises  in 

To  have  this" stand  by"  stock  effective  it 
should  include  a  small  quantity  of  other  parts  necessary  for 
winding  arid  assembling  and  for  maintaining  our  service  on 
Dictating  Machine  repairs. 

We  should  also  have  two  winding  machines, with 
such  forms  and  attachments  as  are  necessary  for  winding  arma¬ 
tures  and  field  coils, ready  for  use. 

For  5600.0.0  we  could  provide  materials  and 
equipment  sufficient  to  immediately  continue  our  work  in 
another  place,  which  would  keep  the  business  going  until 
it  could  be  brought  up  to  full  equipment. 

The  above  is  based  on  the  fact  that  nearly 

#  2 

all  other  motor  parts  that  are  manufactured  in  the 
Storage  Battery  are  being  delivered  to  us  in  quan¬ 
tities  sufficient  for  one  or  two  weeks 'production, 
so  tfcat  it  would  be  an  easy  matter  to  obtain  these 
parts  from,  that  source,1  in  case  our  stook  was  de¬ 

Should  the  above  suggestion  meet  with 
your  approval, 1  will  get  out  detail  list  of  the  mater- 
ial  and  equipment  necessary* 




'Copy  -bo  Mr.  Edison 


/June  27,  1916 

I  have  the  copy  of  your  report  for  the  week  ending  June  17, 
-'giving  a  statement  of  unfilled  Orders,  etc.  of  Dictating  Machines. 

X  note  the  red  ciroling  of  thy total  amount  of  72  shipped  and 
your  notation  at  the  bottom  "Help".  I  also  have  the  oopy  you 
sent  to  Mr.  Edison,  with  the  aferae  notation  "Help"  on  it,  whioh  he 
forwarded  to  me.  Apparently  yon. are  calling  attnntion  to  the 
faot  that  you  reoeived  antotll  of  172  orders  and  that  only  72  were 
shipped,  leaving  a  balance  or  unfilled  orders  of  380. 

If  an  analysis  had  beenNaade  of  these  380  unfilled  shipping 
orders,  it  would  have  been  found  that  of  the  303  Dictating  Machine 
unfilled  orders,  77  Iransophone  unfilled  orders  and  46  Shavers,  only 
110  Dictating  Machines,  27  Transophones  and  13  Shavers  are  for 
June  shipment.  She  balance,  namely:  193,  50  and  33,  are  orders 
calling  for  shipment  in  July,  and  should  therefore  be  either  eliminated 
or  set  in  a  special  column  in  your  report. 

i  -  ^,.Th9^9aJaon  for  the  rather  small  shipments  to  date  has  been  that 
p-on  the  20th  there  were  actually  in  stock  90  machines  waiting  for  ship- 
A^nV?ue,t0  £h®  s hortage  of  celluloid  slips  and  I  have  instructed 
^he  Shipping  Dept,  to  find  outi.from  you  if  shipments  oan  be  made  with¬ 
out  these  celluloid  slips,  pending  their  arrival.  The  Purchasing 
Agent  has  promised  to  give  this  his  immediate  attention  and  I  think 
by  the  end  of  the  month,  the  shipments  will  be  very  favorable,  com¬ 
pared  with  those  which  can  be  made  in  June.  Incidentally,  we  were 
also  held  up  waiting  for  pulley  cover  castings.  158  setshofothese, 
however,  have  been  reoeived  and  are  at  present  in  prooess. 

t  ...  P1?,id?ntaliy,  1  miSht  add  ^at  after  looking  into  this  matter, 

I  find  that  of  the  44  orders  to  be  filled  this  month  for  the  Universal 
Ekonowatt ,  38  were  being  held  up  by  the  Credit  Dept,  for  investigation 
as  to  the  customers'  standing,  apparently. 

All  of  this  information, 
into  these  reports  which  in  my 
into  consideration. 

I  believe,  is  available  and  should  enter 
opinion  should  take  all  of  these  factors 

C.  E.  Fairbanks 


Yve  hayf  develop.^  a  new  cylinder  in  addition  to  the  regular  product 
to  be  used  for  mailing  purposes  etc.,  which  will  be  labeled  on  the  carton  as 

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„.E-Tj?)e.  cylinders  obliges/us  t 
3  17/  nej  each. 

The  li3t  price  to  customers  35/  net  v/hen  sol'd  in  lots  of 

less  than  one  hundred,  and  30p  in  lots  of  one  hundred.  It^*is  assumed  tnat 
these  cylinders  will  not  be  sold  in  greater  quantities^Mkn  one  hundred  for 
the  purpose  for  which  they  are  intended,  butifrrga-’Spe'cial  prices  will  be 
made  upon  request. 

/safltjhsylinders  will  be  supplied  with  machine  outfits  at  an  extra 
net  cost Se-ih&Jwstributor  of  24/  (2/ extra  on  12  cylinders).  There  is  no 
objection  to  their  re-sale  with  outfits  without  expense  to  the  customer, 
provided  the  price  of  re-ordering  cylinders  only  is  understood  in  each  casei 

Dictating  Machine  Division. 

November  27,1916 

llr.  Bdwin  C.  3arnec, 

72  V.ost  Adams  Street, 

Chicago,  Ill, 

Door  l£r.  Barnea : 

Durand  has  a on v  mo  a  copy  of  your 
little  publication  "Barnes  Salic  lag" .  'You  are  doing 
well,  and  I  want  to  extend  ray  congratulations  to 
you  on  the  first  birthday  of  your  little  journal . 

Yours, very  truly. 




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Safetae  Cylinders 

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The  ‘‘Barnes  Talking’ 
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Shaving  Cylinders 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison,  T.A.  (E-16-24) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison's  life  story,  his  response  to  erroneous  newspaper  reports  about  him,  his 
opinions  regarding  a  variety  of  subjects,  and  numerous  other  matters.  The 
letters  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  inquiries,  but  there  are  also  exchanges 
with  friends  and  business  associates.  Among  the  documents  for  1916  are 
reminiscences  concerning  Edison’s  reading  of  The  Penny  Encyclopedia  during 
boyhood,  his  early  career  as  a  telegrapher  in  Boston  and  New  York,  and  his 
relationship  with  Joseph  T.  Murray,  his  electrical  manufacturing  partner  in 
Newark.  Also  included  is  a  series  of  letters  to  and  from  Paul  J.  Kruesi,  son  of 
machinist  and  longtime  Edison  associate  John  Kruesi,  pertaining  to  a 
newspaper  account  that  Edison  had  once  worked  as  a  telegrapher  in 

In  addition,  there  are  comments  by  Edison  in  regard  to  prohibition  and  the 
consumption  of  alcohol,  along  with  a  letter  denying  that  he  was  originator  of  the 
phrase  "everything  comes  to  him  who  hustles  while  he  waits."  The 
correspondents  include  student  and  future  diplomat  Gerhard  Gade;  Elbert 
Hubbard,  II,  son  of  author  and  Edison  acquaintance  Elbert  Hubbard  who  went 
down  with  the  Lusitania  in  May  1915;  Edward  L.  Morse,  youngest  son  of 
inventor  Samuel  F.  B.  Morse;  and  former  President  Theodore  Roosevelt. 

Less  than  1 0  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected,  including  all 
items  bearing  substantive  marginalia  by  Edison.  The  following  categories  of 
documents  have  not  been  selected:  unsolicited  requests  for  donations, 
employment  opportunities,  and  interviews;  routine  requests  for  biographical 
and  other  information,  including  Edison's  advice  and  opinion. 


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29  January  1916 

Thomas  A.  fSdison,  Toq. 

Ijlowollyr.  park 

Orange,  M.  jorsey 

Dear  Sir: 

0v7ing  to  presB  of  work  the  memorial  to 
Hr.  James  Steele  MacKaye,  which  was  to  bo  hold  in 
February,  at  the  pud a on  Theatre,  has  been  temporarily 
postponed.  Notice  will  bo  sent  later  when  a  definite 
date  has  been  decided  upon. 

Very  truly  yourB 

retary  to  Percy  MacKaye 


February  1,  1916 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Mr.  B.  P.  Millet,  Treasurer,  ^ 

My  dear  Mr.  Miller  : 

Sill  you  be  kind  enough  to  advise  me 
„hen  Mr.  Edison  expects  to  leave  for  his  annual  southern  vacation 
and  about  how  long  it  is  probable  he  will  be  absent  ? 

I  wish  to  write  him  personally. 

Rom  Elterf  fUW 

EoJt  Aurora,  wkick  bin 
Erie  County,  New  Yorlt 

February  XI,  1916 

My  d 

r  Mr.  Edison; 

w  my  father  more  or  less 
intimately.  Xou  know  of  his'-  "Little  Journeys" 
to  the  homes  of  groat  people,  about  one  hundred 
and  eighty  in  all.  1  think  Elbert  Hubbard  will 
bo  known  in  literature  for  his  Little  Journeys. 

It  seems  to  mo  one  of  my  biggest 
jobs  now  is  to  put  his  Little  Journeys  out  more 
widely  for  the  genuine  benefit  of  humanity. 

I  am  planning  a  new  edition. 

It  would  help  me  in  my  selling 
scheme  if  I  could  have  a  word  of  commendation 
or  an  expression  of  your  opinion  of  Elbert  Hubbard 
Little  Journeys.  Would  you  mind  writing  me  a 
little  letter,  simply  stating  what  you  think  of 
them  and  their  value  as  biographical  sketches 
of  the  lives  of  great  people? 

I  can  assure  you  that  a  letter  from 
you  would  be  immensly  appreciated,  and  would  be 
of  great  assistance  and  value  to  me  at  this  time. 

1  trust  that  my  request  is  not  presumptious  and 
that  you  may  see  fit  to  comply  with  it. 

With  all  kind  wishes  ever,  I  am 

Sincerely  yours 

fyt,*  <¥> 



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Hew  York,  February, 14,  190j 



Mr.  Ehomas  A.  Eaison, 

West  Orange,  IT.  J« 

Dear  Mr.  Edison:-  , 

Do  aoubt  you  will  be  interestea  in  the 

enclosed  oli^ng,  reciting  tbe.aeatb  .f  —is  ,  Hern 
of  Boston,  an,  oia  time  telegrapher  ana  one  of  your  asso¬ 
ciates  in  1868-  9  ,  I  spent  several  weeks  in  Boston  last 

».  «,  C-  s,o- .0*  ~  »  «“ 

w.  X  ....  —  —  3  •"  *•  alUlE“  ” 

Briageport,  another • one  of  the  oia-timers. 

Yours  very  tnuly, 

Ihe  Wall  Street  Journal. 

February  24,1916. 



.  iv 

Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 

Orange,  n!j. 

Bear  Sir;  - - —  v?  * - -  | 

An  article  under  date  of  Jjjpbfuary  |ll^l916,  ^pyeared  ’ly.  ffie  New  York 
Times  in  which  you  urge  the  separation  of  bh^r^and  t^e^s^ro^erpilcohoHo| 
drinks  in  their  general  treatmentoy  the  publio.  I  wish  t-Q-oaainend  your 

cb-L-O-iA^.  K.0 

timely  statement  and  to  state  That  the  uae  !of  mijd-; 
two  to  three  per  oent  alcohol 
more  helpful  than  harmful  beoause^o^' 
beer  contains  and  the  nutriment  got: 

A  brewery  devoted  to  absolutely  clean  methods  bo-y£4jT*produotion  and] 
sale,  that  doeB  not  encourage  any  irresponsible  man  to  engage  in  the 
saloon  business ,  brews  Moerlbaoh  light  beer  containing  an  alcoholic  per-j 
oentage  of  approximately  three  per  oent,  and  Moerlbach  dark  beer  contain¬ 
ing  an  alcoholic  percentage  of  approximately  three  and  a  quarter  per  centj 
and  sends  for  your  inspection  and  enjoyment  by  express  a  case  of  its 

i  ^ha^th^us e  <o^mi^i--^ee^?  o_dntal>4ing^f rom 
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I  am  firmly  convinced  that  your  solution  of  the  so-called 
prohibition  agitation  is  the  correct  one,  and  that  malt  beverages  con¬ 
taining  a  low  percentage  of  alcohol  undoubtedly  will  attain  a  different 
status  than  the  stronger  alcoholic  beverages  in  public  esteem. 

Yery  sincerely  yours, 

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■.larch  4th.  1916. 

Mr.  Gerhard  Gade, 

Groton  School, 

Groton,  UasB. 

Dear  E  ir : 

lour  favor  of  the  £8th  ultimo  to  Mr.  Edison  came  to 
hand.  The  oleotrotypo  and  copies  of  the  bookplate  have  alBO 
boon  received . 

Mr.  Edison  is  extremely  busy  just  now  working  about 
twenty  hours  a  day  on  a  special  lino -of  investigation,  so  I 
shall  be  unable  to  bring  this  matter  to  his  notice  until  he 
has  more  leisure. 

I  write  now  simply  to  lot  you  know  that  your  communi¬ 
cation  and  other  enclosures  have  beon  received . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr. 

#138  Manhattan  Avenue, 

New  York,  March  9,  1916. 

Bear  Mr.  Edison: 

Paulo  Gruppe  is  giving  a  recital  on 
Saturday  evening,  March  25th,  at  Aeolian  Hall. 

Will  you  not  kindly  take  a  box,  as  it 
•would  be  a  gratification  to  have  you  present. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your 

kind  interest, 

Very  Bincerely, 

£2  — 

)  Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 
Llewellyn  Park,  . 

Orange,  17.. T.  --fT 



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lferoh  16th  1916 

Thorns  A  Edison  Esq.  ,V  '  ^ 

Llewellyn  Park  "  .  *•'  ' 

West  Orange  Kew  Jersey  igAu*''0 

This  is  the  best  night  photograph 

of  the  World  Building:  The  shadow  just  to  the  loft  of  thi3 
is  that  of  the  Municipal  Building.  On  one  side  you  can  see 
the  lights  of  the  bridges  to  Brooklyn  and  on  the  other  some 
of  the  lighting  on  the  Jersey  shore. 

It  occurs  to  me  that  your  vision  of  more  than  thirty 
years  ago,  when  you  first  gave  the  world  your  great  invention. 

Photograph  mailed  under  separate 

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American  Lava  Company 

jp  Chattanooga  ,T enn  . 

,  April  3*  1916 

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Orange,  N.J.  O 

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newsp^ir^riLinS^cepding^to  {J1* 

c] aimed  remenibering  thnt  «tr*  Edison  *»  -  +v.^t  ■‘■here 

ard  lived  in  Chattanooga,  You  promptly  replied  that  where 
waa  nothing  in  it.  But  recently  the  story  ha a  been  going 

here  in  fact.  I  think  he  claims  having  lived  in  the  same 
hoarding  house! 

and  1872".  The  whole  thing  seems  having 

proha hie  that  he  has  forgotten. 

sat  “S;”1:S  tss^STth. 


With  sincere  esteem,  I  am. 



'  .j/v/Hi,  March  20,  1916 

Mr,  1*.  .T.  Kruosi, 

cy'c  Araorimm  Lava  Company, 

Boar  Mr.  Kruoni:- 

Tho  manorial  for  tho  postal’  referred  to  in  your 
letter  of  tho  18th  into  oubmittod  to  our  Committee  by  Mr. 
E.  Y.  Chopin,  fearing  that  Mr.  Chapin  was  o imply  writ¬ 
ing  something  that  was  a  possibility  instoad  of  a  rnality, 
because  it  made  good  reading,  1  had  the  question  put  up 
to  him  by  a  member  of  our  Committee  to  ascertain  if  he 
V.nov;  this  statement  to  be  a  fact ,  or  if  it  was  juot  an 





Chattanooga, Tenn-March  33rd .-19X6 

Paul  J.Kreusi,Esq. , 


My  ft ea’ Mr.  Kreusi:- 

Hoforing  to  our  conversation  in 
regard  to  the  Edison  episode-I  am  afraid  that  I  left  you  uni 
der  the  impression  that  it  was  during  the  year  I869-I  should 
have  made  it  clear  to  you  that  it  was  during  the  period  from 
tho  Pall  of  *69  to  some  time  in  1872-during  which  time  I  was 
employed  by  the  So.  Ex.  co.-in  this  city.  It  is  impossible  fo 
me  at  this  late  date  to  recall  just  what  year  it  may  have  bee. 

I  was  talking  to  Mr.  O.M.Hash  today  regarding 
the  matter  #.  Mr.  Hash  was  for  a  number  of  years  employed 
by  the  Nashville  &  chatta.  Rail-road  Co.-in  vario  us  capac- 
ities-including  that  of  telegraph  operator  and  states  that  it 
was  well  known  among  the  older  employees  of  the  company  that 
Mr.  Edison  was  at  one  time  employed  here  and  that  he  has  ofteyj, 
heard  a  Mr.  Hall-whom  he  states  is  now  residing  in  Texas-say 
that  he  worked  here  with  him.- 

Very  respectfully,  _ 


Deor  Up.  Kruosi:- 

.  'flic  onislanod  letter  from  Mr.  Chapin  explains 


It  him  junt  ocoured  to  mo  in  thin  connection 
that  during  the  period  of  Mr.  Edison's  life  when  ho  was 
travelling  from  place  to  place,  that  ho  might  possibly 
have  boon  hero,  and  not  having  boon  improsuod  with  Chat¬ 
tanooga,  being  then  a  very  email  town,  it  might  have 
slipped  hie  memory. 

He  has  employed  his  wonderful  mind  no  inten¬ 
sively  since  that  timo  that  it  ie  not  at  all  unroaoonablo 
to  conclude  that  thin  i»  the  case. 

Yeurn  very  truly. 

Aset.  Cashier. 


American  Trust  &  Banking  Go. 

Capital  ^ 
Surplus  S  Ho, 000.00 

Chattanooga, Tenn.  March  22,  1916. 


Dear  Sirs- 

I  have  waited  to  reply  to  year 
favor  of  March  20th  until  I  could  verify  ny 
inf ornstion  about  Mr.  Edison  residing  in 

X  obtained  ny  information  from  a  news¬ 
paper  item  published  in  one  of  our  local  papers 
some  months  ago.  Shis  item  you  can  find  in  the 
file  of  either  the  limes  or  the  Hews.  In  this 
item  it  was  stated  that  Hr.  Edison  lived  in 
Chattanooga  for  a  brief  time,  and  that  he  lived 
at  a  boarding  house  on  Boyoe  Street,  and  that 
among  his  fellow-boarders  was  Hr.  Jesse  T.  Hill. 

I  have  conferred  with  Hr.  Hill  since 
reoeiving  your  letter,  and  he  tells  me  that  the 
facts  are  substantially  aB  stated.  The  boarders 
lived  at  the  home  of  a  Hr.  Hooke,  who  was  a  rail¬ 
road  official,  and  Hr.  Edison  was  the  telegrapher 
in  Hr.  Hooke's  office.  Hr.  Hill  saye  that  he 
lived  here  only  a  Bhort  time ,  possibly  a  month 
or  two  and  wont  from  here  to  Memphis.  While  in 
Memphis  he  invented  the  quadruples  telegraphic 
system,  and  it  waB  then  that  the  attention  of 
Mr.  Hill  and  others  was  called  to  him  by  the 
fame  of  his  invention. 

Hr.  Hill  tells  ms  that  his  brother,  who 
wa3  a  messenger  on  the  railroad  between  Chatta¬ 
nooga  and  Hemphie,  told  him  that  the  Hr.  Edison 
who  invented  the  quadruples  telegraph  systemdn 
Memphis  was  the  same  Hr.  Edison  who  hoarded  with 
them  on  Boyoe  Street  in  Chattanooga. 

Very  truly 

T  trulyjours,  . 

Mr .  Paul  J.  Xruosi, 

American  Lava  Company, 

Chattanooga,  Venn. 

Dear  Mr.  Kruoei j 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
third  instant,  with  encloerec  as  stated-  Mr. 
Edison  is  in  Florida,  v.'here  ho  has  gone  to  take 
a  few  weeks  rest.  ».e  are  not  Bonding  any  matters 
down  to  him  except  those  that  aro  of  extreme 
importanceo  so  I  shall  keep  these  papers  until 
he  returns  and  will  then  see  v.hat  he  has  to  say 
about  the  matter. 

Crusting  you  are  well  and  with  kindest 
regard,  1  remain 

If  ours  very  truly, 

Assistance  Hr.  Mi  son. 

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,ht.  I  of  c  our  S3  jens'-v  :kut  aclauou  had  pro- 

Oyster  Bay, 

long  Island,  B.  T. 
June  3rd,  1916. 

Boar  Mr.  Edison: 

When  Mr.  Rohins  wrote  me  my  Kansas 
City  epeeoh  had  already  gone  out,  hut  I  have 
embodied  all  that  he  told  me  In  an  article 
that  has  already  appeared.  All  I  wanted 

to  know  was  that  you  stood  behind  It’. 

Jaithfully  yours. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esij. 

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Sornttyi^ago  7saL 

reports  ai\)d  sows 

in  the  press 
wherein  it  was  reported  you  ^ 
a  {turnon  being  should  c'vwais'' . 

_  -.  statement  of  yo; 

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if\The^  New  thought  Journals,  /  /./. 

-t/A-c/  ULC'-tt-  e«5  -  N.  . 

Uov: ,  dear  hr  .Edison,  I  am  a  firm  Reliever  in^ 
this  law  of  life  and  would  like  to  have  a  letter  from  you 
personally,  advising  me  upon  what  theory  you  base  this  gr^o 
truth  of  life  and  perpetuity  of  man. 

I  know  that  you  are  a  very  busy  man  but  very 
much  appreciate  just  a  few  lines  from  you  covering  this  im¬ 
portant  point. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  an  early  reply, 
and  assuring  you  that  same  will  be  very  highly  appreciated 
and  most  thankfully  received  by  a  student  of  life, I  am  my 
dear  sir 

Very  Truly  Yours 

(Ivliss )  E.E. Burger 
719  Hewes  Bldg., 
9C5  Market  3t. 

Sail  Francisco, Cal. 


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About  fifty  years  ago  you  and  I  were  telegraphers  /  ■ 

at  #83  State  Street,  Boston.  We  boarded  at  the  corner  of  Hancocks.- 
and  Cambridge  Streets,  Boston.  We  have  walked  there  a  great  many 
times  together  after  mid-night,  after  you  had  given  Augusta,  Bangor, 
Bath,  Portland  and  Lewiston  "Good  Hight"  when  you  had  finished 
sending  Associated  Press  to  those  Eastern  cities.  You  will  recall 
the  following  names  associated  with  us  at  that  time,  G.  P.  liilliken, 
Manager,  C.  W.  Henderson,  Eastern  Chief  Operator,  McGee, (now  pen¬ 
sioned),  Fullem  and  Wheeler  on  the  Eastern  Side.  As  well  as  Tom 
Bavin,  Southern  Chief  together  with  Bugbee,  Hand,  StevenB,  Pope,  the 
big  fellow  who  worked  #20  to  Albany  and  Buffalo.  You  will  alBO 
remember  little  Pope,  brother  of  Prank  Pope  of  national  reputation. 
Also  Martin,  who  received  Associated  Press  on  #4  where  you  arranged 
death  walk  for  the  oookroaches.  Also  my  brother  I.  A.  Sherman,  red 
haired,  known  as  "Sam"  and  "Gib"  (Gibbons)  and  Barrett,  who  worked 
the  printer  and  others  you  may  recall. 

Seeing  the  enclosed  notioe  in  the  Boston  Herald,  I 
wondered  if  you  could  recall  me,  Charles  H.  Sherman,  after  so  many 
years  of  your  busy  life.  I  am  two  yearB  your  senior  and  actively 
in  business,  but  have  done  no  telegraphing  since  1869.  X  would 
gladly  go  to  your  city  on  the  27th,  but  am  in  doubt  as  to  whether 
..  I  should  be  called  a  veteran  telegrapher.  :"What  would  please  me 
more,  however,  would  be  a  few  words  from  you  stating  that  you  recall 
the  old  association.  This  would  be  pleasing  to  my  ohildren  and 

1  Sincerely  and  very  truly  yours. 


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October  30,  1916, 

Mr.  Joseph  Ambrose Wallace, 

Head,  Ehe  English  Department, 

Clio  Soohnieal  High  School, 

Mali  Hivor,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir:-  '  .* 

lleplying  to  your  favor  of  the  16th  instant, 
let  me  say  that  I  am  not;  the  originator  of  the  saying, 
"Everything  comes  to  him  who  hustles  while  he  waits". 
It  is  a. gem,  but|I  believe  the  author  is  unknown. 

77)1=  ~&u. 

Jflirst  ^Hcthobist  (fipiscopl  (Hint 

Mr.  Thomas  A.'  Edison; - 

Dear  Sir;- 

The  following  recently  went  thro  four  editions 
of  one  of  our  leading  local  dailies,  as  part  of  a  large 
beer  advertisement* - 

A.  Edison  says,  "Every  i 
size.  He  can  scarcely 

ich  is  about 
jugh  beer  to 

I  beg  to  ask  whether  you  are  correctly  quoted  in 
the  above;  and  if  so,  does  it,  in  its  isolated  form 
correctly  represent  your  thot? 

In  the  connection  in  which  it  is  used,  it  is  the 
evident  intent  of  the  article  to  Hi  represent  you  as  an 
advocate  of  the  use  of  beer.  May  I  ask,  is  that  the  atti¬ 
tude  you  take  toward  the  use  of  beer? 

Trusting  you  will  consider  it  worth  while  to  reply, 
and  thanking  you  for  the  same,  I  am 

Very  respectfully. 

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Kov.  F.  J.  burner. 

Pant  or,  i'irst  iiothodiet  hpiucooal-  Church, 

Sheboygan,  iris. 

Dear  Mr:-  <  .  . 

implying  to  your  favor -of  ’the  20th  instant, 
lot  rao  say  toy  attitude  in  regard  to  Prohibition  is 
that  it  is  far  mono  practical  (until  man  is  raoro  civ¬ 
ilised  )  to  permit  tho  sule  of  Boor  having  2$ j  of  alco¬ 
hol  instead  of  4';.^ .  On  account  of  the  gonoral  imita¬ 
tion  of  ciao  of  the  human  stomach,  no  portion  could 
contain  enough  to  boeomo  intoxicated  or  even  approach 
that  ctuto  whore  ho  would  wrongful  acts.  But  I  would 
prohibit  all  other  drinks  containing  alcohol.  j»b  it 
ic  at  piotoiii,  there  is  too  much  strong  .liquor  -,  ovon 
in  prohibition  States. 

City  of  New  York 
Office  of  the  Mayor. 

November  2$,  1916  f 

Thome  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

President  Wilson  will  visit 
New  York  on  December  second,  to  accept  ,on 
behalf  of  the  Government,  a. flood-lighting 
system  for  the  Statue  of  Liberty  provided 
by  popular  subscription  made  uwier  the  aus¬ 
pices  of  The  New  York  World. 

This  great  international  monument,  a 
gift  of  the  people  of  France  to  the  people 
of  the  United  States,  is  the  most  inspiring 
symbol  in  the  world  of  the  spirit  of  liberty 
It 8  permanent  illumination,  flashed  by  the 
hand  of  the  President  of  the  United  States, 
v/ ill  be  an  event  of  international  interest . 

In  order  fittingly  to  celebrate  this 
event  and  the  visit  of  the  President  to 
this  city,  the  Mayor  is  appointing  a  commit¬ 
tee  of  citizens  to  arrange  for  a  public  re¬ 
ception  and  dinner.  The  Mayor  will  be  very 
grateful  if  you  will  serve  as  a  member  of 
the  committee. 

Very  t  ruly  yours , 

Secretary  to  the  Mayor 

Hovember  £8,1910. 

Mr.  Choodore  Houosoau, 

Secrotary  to  the  ISnyor,  - 
City  of  How  York, 

City  Hall,  How  York. 

Doer  Hr.  Koussoau: 

Will  you  kindly  oay  to  tho  1  ’ey or 
that  X  deeply  appreciate  tho  compliment  of  being 
asked  to  sorvo  as  a  morabor  of  a  Committee  to  re¬ 
ceive  President  Viilcon  on  hie  visit  to  Dow  .York 
on  December  2d. 

Unfortunately  I  cannot  bo  away  from  the 
laboratory  Just  now  c.o  I  am  in  the  midst  of  sono 
very  important  experiments  which  ongago  my  ontiro 
tioo,  day  and  night.  I  am  theroforo  compelled 
to  ask  tho  .Mayor  to  kindly  oxcuno  mo; 

’’  '  Yours  very  truly. 


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1  i  u_  Lthe  qnestion  f°r  me*  ",;/ha' 

^  ^  consider  the  greatest  saf< 

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«  3  3  ,a  5  1  want  to  use  your  ansj 

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will  highly  apj^Jaciate 

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.11  he  a  help  to  many  who  hear  it. 
Heartily  yours,  ^ 


December  0,1916.  • 

Sev.  Prod  Wine low  Adams,  D.  D., 

120  Dost  70th  Street, 

How  York,  .21  .Y. 

Door  Sir;-. 

I  cannot  answer  tho  ouootion  contained 
in  your  favor  of  tho  5th  instant,  as  I  never  had 
any  experience  in  such  mat tors.  I  hove  novor  had 
time',;- not  even  five  minutes,  to  bo  tempted  to  do 
anything-  against  the  moral  law,  tho  civil  law,  or 
an.v  afc'  whatever . 

‘  If  i  wore ,  to  hazard  a  guess  as  to  what 
yobng  people  should  do(to  avoid  temptation,  it  would 
.  be.  to  got  ia  job  and  work  at  it  so  hard  that  tempta¬ 
tion  would  not  oxist  for  thorn. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison  Band  (E-16-25) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
Edison  Industries  Band,  an  employee  organization.  Included  are  items 
pertaining  to  the  search  for  a  band  leader  during  which  the  celebrated 
composer  and  bandmaster  John  Philip  Sousa  was  consulted.  There  is  also  a 
concert  program,  along  with  a  list  of  band  members. 

Approximately  80  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  of  letters  to  new  employees. 

Mr  Bachman  has  extended  the  courtesy  of  the  use 
+he  roomin  the  top  of  the  Building  of  the  Storage  Battery 
Works!  STtSs  "  admirably  suited  to  practice  work. 

There  is  no  one  here  who  knows  very  much  about 

the  men  and  train  them  properly  to  play  together. 

He  was  very  much  interested,  and  says  we  will 

|orir"fukfeher(pr'ogres3  at  a 

later  date.  |f 

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X  will  be  able 

e— — 

It  would  give  us  great  pleasure  if  you  would  attend 
one  of  our  rehearsals,,  which  are  held  bi-weekly  in  the  Tower 
of  tho  Storage  Battery  Building,  (7th  floor)  at  8:30  i.M. 

Monday  ana  Thursday  nights.  If  interested  in  band  musio,  and 
in  tho  idea  of  having  such  an  organisation  for  these  Works,  you 
will  no  doubt  enjoy  the  evening. 



Juno  2,1916. 

Ur.  Helson  Green: 

Many  thanks  for  invitation  contained.  in  your 
memorandum  of  the  1st  to  attend  rehearsals  of  the  Edison  Industries 
Band.  You  may  rest  assured  I  will -take  advantage  of  this  invi¬ 
tation  at  the  earliest  possible  opportunity. 

CHW/lOT  C.  H.  Wilson. 

Mr.  H.  A.  Bachman: 

I  am  glad  to  note  from  your  memorandum  of  the  2nd 
the  success  you  are  meeting  with  In  organizing  and  whipping  into 
shape  an  Edison  Band.  I  want  to  assure  you  It  is  the  desire  of 
both  the  Works  and  S.A.E.Ino.  to  do  all  they  possibly  oan  In  the 
way  of  co-operation  to  make  this  Band  a  most  successful  effioient 
and  brilliant  one.  I  think  your  ldoa  of  employing  people  capable 
of  .joining  the  Band  (provided  they  are  satisfactory  in  all  other 
respects)  a  good  one,  and  am  therefore  instructing  Mr.  Jones, 
Manager  of  our  Employment  Department,  bo  give  musical  applicants 
the  preference  where  all  other  qualifications  are  satisfactory. 
CHW/IWW  C.  U.' Wilson. 

CC  to  Messrs.  Charles  Edison  and  Fairbanks. 

Juno  6,  1016. 

lir.  Mark  M.  Jones: 

.1  attach  hereto  memorandum  from  Mr.  K.  A.  Bachman 
relative  to  the  recently  organized  Saloon  Band,  anil  would  call 
your  particular  attention  to  Paragraph  3,  in  wfoioh  ho  suggests 
hiring  employees  who  are  muoloally  inolinod,  all  other  qualifica¬ 
tions  boing  satisfactory. 

Ploooo  give  this  your  attention  arid  horoaf tor 
engago  pooplo  who  will  perhaps  raako  suitable  oub«Joete  for' tho  Band 
provided,  of  oourse,  they  are, in  all  other  ways  qualified  for  tho 
work  they  are  to  do. 

Ploasp  return  Hr.  Boo iunon* n  memorandum  after  you 

havo  read  It. 

CKF/IOT  '  0.  H.  Wiloon. 


CO  to  Mosers.  Charles  Edison  and  Fairbanks. 




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nrj  •  1:0  -  All  T.A.E.  Affiliated  IntereBtB  date  -  8-14-16 

Organisation  of  Edison  Industries  Band 

a  v  i.;  ’, i  Clearing  House  Servioe  Dept. 

Ur.  8.  B.  Mambert: 

Referring  to  memorandum  on  above 
aubjeot  dated  August  1,1916,  «J=« ^  after 
consulting  with  Mr.  Baohman  Would  say  that  it  will 
oost  approximately  $10.00  per  week  to  maintain  the 
Edison  Industries  Bond  and  aooordingly  an  appropria 

tion  of  §620.00  por  year  is  hereby  applied  for. 

In  regard  to  the  charges  now  being 
accumulated  by  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company 
from  the  various  Edison  Interests  covering  oxpensos 
in  connection  with  the  band,  beg  to  say  that  they 
will  be  divided  equally  l/4  between^,  he  four  Companies. 

iUDD,  secretary 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company. 

Messrs,  w nas.Edison-C.H. ffilson-R.A.Baohman-J.W. Robins on- 

H.UuBk-G.E*  Owen-R.W.  Kexlow-A.E.Strahs- 

Form  I276-10H-7-J.6.  '• 

jcj'jk  a  SdtU&Vi.  ictA-tcaL 


Thursday  Evening,  Sept  13 



Through  the  Courtesy  of  Mr.  Robert  A.  Bachman 


Vice-President  and  General  Manager 

National  Air 

Overture—  Zampa 


Deoember  1st,  1916. 

Messrs.  Carl  Fisher 
Cooper  Square, 
Hew  York 


&  Co.-, 



Kindly  send  to  the  Edison  Industries  Band,  West  Orange,  W.  J., 
attention  of  S.  n.  Mlllopaugh,  Secretary,  o/o  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  the 
following  Band  publications  not  later  than  Wednesday,  Deoember  16th,  1916,  for 
fall  Band; 

"There’s  a  little  bit  of  bad  .In  every  good  little  girl" 

"You're  the  sweetest  girl  I  know." 

"Torn  baok  the  universe  and  give  me  yesterday" 

"Hello  Hawaii" 

"Yaka  Hula" 

"You're  a  dangerous  girl" 

"Red,  White  *  Blue  Overture 
"Old  Home  Songs  Medley  Overture 
"Ceolle  Waltz” 

"Want  to  go  baok  to  Oregon" 

"When  it's  night  time  In  Hormandy" 

"Auf  Wledersehen" 

"End  of  a  Perfeot  Day" 

"Pretty  Baby" 

"Sunshine  of  your  smiles" 

"For  he's  a  Jolly  good  fellow" 

Yours  very  truly, 


l^lL  ? 


O.  A*  Stan;.... 

J.  Uanuaea . 

H.  Bdolbauaer.. 
S.  Uillepaugh. . 

P.  Braooia  .... 
tfyaookl,  p.  ... 

J.  Out  . 

J.  Fierro . 

V.  SiletU  (•) 
Nobile,  P . 

position  In  Band 

.  Loader  . 

.  Flute  ........ 

.  Saxojhone . 



W.  Whlto . " 

J.  Potonlo  (*)•••••.  " 

L.  P.  Bangor  (•)...  " 

D.  Candela  (*) .  Alto 

I.  Bore  . .  " 

it.  Bolt . Trombone 

Popartaeat  Employed 
Xnapootlon  (Mr.  Weed) 

Tool  Boom 
Tool  Boom 
Pinning  Up 
Oxy.  Welder 
Prose  Dopt. 

Cylinder  Keoord,  Phono.  Works 


Tool  Boom 

Tube  Aasombly 

Cylinder  Beoord  (Sanborn) 

Disc  Beoord  (2nd  floor) 

“  »  8rd  « 

Cell  Aesembly 

T.  Oarrln .  n 

B.  Slol  . . Barit cne 

S.  Oast . .  " 

T.  Leone . Base 

Brighton  (») .  "  • 

Mueller  „(•) . Drtm 

A.  Bowman .  " 

Pwybylowita,  . .  " 

(•pot  employed  fi^S.B.OO.' 

Cell  Aeeembly 
Tool  Boom 
Tube  Loading 

Jewel  Dept.,  mono.  Works 
Fin.  Exeo.,  phono.  Works 
Spot  Welding 

Pinning  Up  , 


tv&^l  &&C6/. 

V.  Sellitti. 

•L.F.  Benger. 

Loader  In  Cylinder  Hooord.  Wortt  for  JUelnor  on 
the  tfty  Roll  as  Vinoont  Aotore.  (  b°  Clarinet. 

Dlso  Record  Second  Floor  Bb  Cdmet. 

B.  Bncchi. 

.  Brighton. 

D.  candela. 

liachiniot  C  &  U  1)1  v. 
Jewel  Dept. 

Shlrd  Floor 



Dlso  Record  -alto 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison  Chemical  Works  (E-16-26) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
sales,  payroll,  and  other  administrative  matters  at  the  Edison  Chemical  Works 
in  Silver  Lake,  New  Jersey.  The  correspondents  include  John  V.  Miller, 
Edison's  brother-in-law  and  manager  of  the  Edison  Chemical  Works,  and 
William  H.  Meadowcroft,  Edison’s  personal  assistant.  Among  the  documents 
for  1916  are  items  pertaining  to  fire  safety  at  the  plant  and  claims  of  water 
pollution  near  the  plant.  There  are  also  numerous  references  to  the 
manufacture,  sale,  and  shipment  of  Iron  by  Hydrogen.  In  addition,  there  are  two 
"Telescript"  forms  confirming  telephone  conversations  recorded  with  Edison’s 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents,  including  all  items  bearing 
substantive  marginalia  by  Edison,  have  been  selected.  The  material  not 
selected  consists  primarily  of  routine  correspondence  concerning  samples, 
shipments,  and  accounts. 


Hendrickses^)  Copper  Mill. 

January  20th,  1916. 

Messrs.  Hardy,  of  the  legal  Department,  C.  E.  Hunter  and  J.V. 
Miller  visited  the  works  of  the  Belleville  Copper  Rolling  Mill  this 
afternoon,  and  interviewed  Mr.  Dorer,  Superintendent. 

This  caine  about  by  the  fact  that  indirect  complaint  was  made 
through  Hr.  Smith,  Health  Inspector  of  Belleville,  to  the  effect  that 
the  Rolling  Copper  Mill  complained  to  him  about  the  condition  of  the 
water  in  the  brook  from  which  they  were  drawing  their  boiler  feed  water 

She  complaint  was  to  the  effect  that  it  v/as  impossible  for  them 
any  longer  to  use  this  water  owing  to  the  presence  of  "Carbolic  Acid", 
and  that  they  were  going  to  enter  a  complaint  with  the  State  Board  of 
Health,  and  strongly  urge  this  Board  to  take  immediate  action  to  stop 
the  pollution  of  the  stream. 

We  met  Mr.  Dorer,  and  he  was  most  courteous,  and  finally  agreed 
to  postpone  his  complaint  to  the  State  Board.  This  was  brought  about 
by  our  explaining  matters  -  that  connection  v/as  being  made  with  the 
sanitary  sewer  from  the  Aniline  Plant,  which  would  be  completed  with¬ 
in  a  few  days;  -  also  that  Hewark  v/as  re-arranging  the  connection  of 
the  Silver  lake  sewer  to  the  Hewark  sewer  at  the  pumping  station  near 
Eranklin  Street.  We  stated  that  v/e  thoroughly  believed  that  with 
these  changes  the  trouble  with  the  water  v/ould  be  greatly  reduced,  and 
he  would  have  no  further  cause  for  complaint. 

V/e  v/ould  advise  that  the  work  at  the  Aniline  Plant  be  pushed  as 
rapidly  as  possible  in  order  to  divert  the  v/aste  acids  and  solutions 
from  the  settling  beds. 

Mr.  Dorer  showed  us  pipe  which  v/e re  eaten  away,  and  explained 
that  his  boilers  were  put  out  of  commission  frequently,  and  that  their 


(2)  Jan. 20- 16. 

Damage  Complaints. 

cost  of  repairs  had  greatly  increased.  He  further  e: 
this  pollution  of  the  stream  has  been  noticeable  sin 





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Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  IT.  J. 

date  Jan. 24. 1916, 
iubject  iron-by-Hydrogon  U.S.E. 

II  .  t-  /  — 

Dear  Sir: 

Confirming  ow  telephone  conversation  of  this  morning 
V7G  v/ould  explain  that  v/e  calledj  on  Merck  £:  Co.  on  Friday  last 
and  talked  with  LB 
Hydrogen  -  Grades 

Ehoy  say  that  they  cannot  use  any-ef  gS 


we  have,  hi 


:  time,  hut  are  woHcing_on  thi^j  prjipositioi^.^ 

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Lvajfco  our  product  of  Xron-hy- 

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i  the  present 

Relative  to  Grade  A,  v/ould 

500  lhs.  as  a  preliminary  sample. 


orifin  g  on  tiiia  oreposition.*  » 

‘  JT  -u.  Tkx* 

uld  say  t?|ey  wish  us  to  sfenr~tk  ei 
LtTV  l*-ala  '-'"v 

.  flic  consumption  of  this  gradl 

is  not  very  heavy,  and  500  lhs. 
could  use . 

Eierefore,  I  think  if 
&  Co.  v/c  can  then  distribute  the 
by  Hydrogen  -  Grade  B  -  among  tail 

J.  V. 



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month  v/ould  p^hably  ho  all  th&y 

we  can  reserve  500  >bs .  for  Merck 
te  balance  of  our  production  of  Iron 

cdr  id 

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You  have  already  remembered  the  latter. 

Shese  men  know  what  has  been  done  heretofore,  and 
I  suppose  feel  as  though  they  she, ad  be  remembered  also,  and  X 
write  this  letter  so  that  you  can  understand  the  situation. 

Very  sincerely  yours, 
j.  V.  MIIXiEH . 


...  A. 

,  Thomas  A.  Edison 

Laboratory  , 

Orange,  Hew  Jerseto 

Dear  Mr.  EaiBon: 

Answering  your  note  rexativsto  the  production  of  * 
more  nickel  hydrate  in  order  to  make  up  unfilled  orders,  would 
sav  that  this  was  received  here  yesterday  evening.  He  have 
gone  over  our  schedule  of  production,  and  of  our  apparatus,  am 
enclose  tabulation  for  the  iron  side  and  for  the  nickel  side. 

By  these,  you  will  see  that  we  are  in  pretty  good  shape  on  all 
items  with  the  following  exceptions: 


Roasting  Furnaces 

Per  this  list,  we  can  manufacture  1080  cells  per  day, 
but  -Just  at  the  present  moment,  furnace  A  is  broken  down,  as 
the  muffle  gave  out  much  sooner  than  we  anticipated.  7e,  how¬ 
ever,  are  putting  this,  back  in  shape  and  expect  to  s  cart  a  fire 
Monday  next. 

Furnace  B  has  been  out  of  commission  owing  to  fume 
line  not  being  ready.  YVe  have  heat  in  two  furnaces  in  this  bench, 
and  expect  sometime  next  week  to  have  the  fume  line  completed. 
Furnace  B  would  give  us  about  260  cells  more  per  day.  As  soon  as 
we  can  set  all  of  these  furnaceB  going,  which  we  are  trying  to 
do  as  rapidly  as  possible,  we  will  be  able  to  furnish  plenty  of 
iron  for  the  present  schedule. 

Drie  rs 

At  the  present  rate,  the  driers  in  building  -;?5,  that  is, 
the  old  type  of  drier,  do  not  keep  up  with  the  required  quantity, 
but  we  have  two  tunnel  driers  in  the  new  plant  going  and  are  hustling 
on  another  pair,  and  with  these  four  tunnels  going,  we  shall  be 
able  to  keep  up  with  the  present  schedule.  ) 

The  present  schedule  calls  for  6500  cells  per  week,  and 
we  are  able  to  make  material  sufficient  for  this  number  of  cells 
at  the  present  time,  and  are  doing  so.  The  reason  that  we  are 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  June  8,  1916  File:  60-ProcLuction 


■behind  just  now  is  due  to  breaking  down  of  one  of  our  roasting 
furnaces  in  the  iron  mix  department,  and  the  breaking  down  of  the 
steam  coil  in  the  nickel  precipitating  tank.  We  ordered  a  new 
coil  for  the  precipitating  tank  some  two  or  three  months  ago, 
but  were  unable  to  obtain  this  until  last  week.  A  new  coil  has 
been  installed,  and  we  are  running  now  at  full  capacity. 

In  regard  to  the  nickel  production,  would  say  we  are 
arranging  to  inorease  the  quantity  per  batoh  of  nickel  hydrate, 
which  will  help  out  some. 

Unless  a  larger  production  than  6500  cells  per  week  is 
required,  I  believe  with  our  present  equipment  we  can  supply  what 
is  necessary,  "but  I  think:  v/e  should  immediately  proceed  to  get 
the  new  plant  into  operation,  or  as  much  of  it  as  possible,  so 
that  should  the  apparatus  in  the  old  part  play  out,  we  would  have 
the  new  plant  to  fall  back  upon. 

Yours  sincerely, 



File:  60  -  Apparatus 



Basis  2.85#  per  A-4 


Capacity  per  day  -  24  hours 
Present  Standards 

Per  Unit 

Ayparatus  File 

Dissolver  &  Gen.  01-4-2 

Purifying  Tanks  01-9-2 

Filter  Press  01-10-1 

Hypo-Bleaoh  Mix. Ek. 044-1-1 
Disol. Eanks( Soda)  02-1-2 

Grav.  "  "  02-2-1 

Ppt.Eank  02-4-1 

Settling  2ani:s  02-5-1 

Agitating  Sank  02-6-2 

Driers  02-7-2 

Peroolatorsf Small)  02-8-1 
"  (Large)  02-8-1 









(1500  Colvay, 














llo.of  Total 
Units  iiquiv. 
2  3074 

4  10620 

1  5311 

1  1891 

6  1998 

1  1651 

2  1180 






File :  6<)-Apparatus 

p  R  0  D  U  C  *  X  0  H 

Basis  -2.3  #  per  A-4 



Evaporating  TanRs 
Crystallizing  " 
(#1  Drier 
(#8  " 

Furnaces  (C-DJ 

n  apACI'JY 
Capacity  per  day  -  24  nours 
Present  standards 








Percolators  _  08-2-1 

Bed  Iron  Driers  |l  08-3-1 

Furnaces  I  By  H  09-1-1 
Sables  •  0?-l-2 

Chilean  Mill  011-1-1 

-  Unit 












Equiv.  Ho. of  Equiv. 
Pells  Units  Cells 

: 367.6 












L  367.6 
1695.6  • 
2127.1  • 
|  1491 






Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison 

Orange,  II. 

.  1 

SILVER  LAKE,  >\J.  June  10,  1916 
Pile:  60  -  Ero auction 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Our  estimate  of  yesterday  as  to  maximum  output  is 
correct,  except  for  reduction  furnaces  and  nickel  hydrate  set¬ 
tling  tanks.  In  checking  up,  I  fina  maximum  for  furnaces  to 
he  7700  cells  per  week;  for  settling  tanks,  8260  cells  per  week. 

We  wish  to  remind  you  that  our  maximum  figures  are 
based  on  running  Sundays.  Y/e  doubt  the  advisability  of  this, 
and  desire  to  take  the  matter  up  with  you  further. 

Without  running  Sundays,  we  ought  to  make  7500  cells 
per  week,  or  1250  per  day,  as  the  plant  stands,  with  the  ex¬ 
ception  of  reduction  furnaces  and  nickel  hydrate  settling  tanks. 
Y/e  might  move  two  furnaces  from  new  plant;  also  get  one  more 
settling  tank.  V/ith  these  additions,  we  could  make  the  1250 
cells  per  day. 

Eor  repairs,  cleaning  tanks  and  pipe  lines,  etc. ,  we 
ought  to  have  one  Sunday  per  month. 

Attached  are  two  tables  showing  iron  mix  and  nickel 
hydrate  as  shipped  to  the  Storage  Battery  Co.,  and  iron  Mix  and 

nickel  hydrate  which  we  have  approved  for  UBe  during  this  period. 
The  latter  gives  the  information  you  asked  for,  probably,  better 
than  the  former  table. 


Juno  10,  1916. 

Shipments  of  Iron  Mix  and  Hi  ok  el  Hydrate  to  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co. 
by  Weeks  Since  Haroh  1,  1916, 

Week  Ending 




Hie  tel 

March  4 






-  # 







Apr  il  1 

















May  6 









_____ - 






June  3 




16017 # 




fotal  to  date 







June  TO,  1916. 

Table  of  Iron  Mix  ana.  Nickel  Hydrate' approved  for  use  by  Weeks 

since  March  1,  1916. 

Week  Ending. 



.  Nickel 

March  4 









- - 




April  7,1. 








....  ■  22  . 







Majr  6 












June  3 

J  26290 



7^  8969 




Total  to  date. 



199676#  199676  // 


July  18.  1916. 
Subject-  820  -  Complaints. 

Mr.  Delos  Holden, 

Legal  Department, 

Orange,  N.J. 

Through  a  Mr.  A.  Dominiclc,  we  are  in¬ 
formed  that  a  cow  died  on  the  Newark  side  of  the  Silver  Lake 
dumps,  due, they  say,  to  drinking  water  from  the  brook. 

Mr.  Pendleberry  will  have  an  analysis 
made  to  find  out  cause,  in  the  hope  that  the  Edison  plants 
are  at  fault. 

J.V.  Miller,  MGR, 


July  21,  1916 .  W.  S.  Kellow 

Aniline  Division 

Silver  Deice,  H.  J. 

Enclosed  herewith  we  send  you  two  letters  from 
the  Board  of  Street  end  Water  Commissioners  of  the  City 
of  Newark,  H.  J'.  They  are  in  connection  with  the  instal¬ 
lation  of  water  meters. 

V/e  believe  both  of  .  these  appljr  to  the  Aniline 
Division,  end,  therefore,  are  sending  same  to  you  for  your 

J.  V 




^/.p/mr/i/ie/t/ir^'  V/pz/p, 


'^>ytiy<  July  19,  19x6. 

Edison  Chemical  Works, 

Mai  or an  PI., 

Silver  Lake,  N.  J. 

Dear  Sirs: 

February  23/1916  you  made  a  deposit  with  us 
of  $100.  On  March  23/1916  we  billed  you  for  4"  connec¬ 
tion,  etc.,  in  the  amount  of  $77.54  leaving  a  credit 
of  $22.46  your  favor,  check  for  which  waB  made  out 
March  23/1916.  We  notified  you  to  call  here  and 
receipt  and  get  your  check  for  $22.46.  To  date  you 
have  not  done  so. 

Kindly  do  not  file  this  in  the  waste  basket 
but  send  some  authorized  party  here  for  the  check. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Chief  Accountant. 


t July  19,  1916. 

Edison  Chemical  Works, 

Haioran  PI., 

Silver  Lake,  H.  J. 

Bear  Sirs: 

July  23/1915  you  made  a  deposit  with  us 
of  §100.  On  September  7th  we  hilled  you  for  4"  connec¬ 
tion,  etc.,  in  the  amount  of  $46.40  leaving  a  credit 
of  $53.60  your  favor,  check  for  which  was  made  out 
September  13/1915.  We  notified  you  twice  to  call  here 
and  receipt  and  get  your  check  for  $53.60.  To  date  you 
have  not  done  so. 

Kindly  do  not  file  this  in  the  waBte  basket 
but  send  some  authorized  party  here  for  the  check. 

Yours  very  truly, 

departheht  op  water, 

Chief  Accountant. 


cate  Sept.  IX,  1916 

TOi£r,  H.  F.  Miller,  treasurer  susjecT81-1  Denominational  Distri¬ 
bution  of  Payroll. 

Edison  laboratory  :  " 

Orange,  IT.  J. 

On  Batur day  last,  the  payroll  was  received  here 
in  rather  bad  condition,  in  so  far  as  the  different  denomi¬ 
nations  wei'o  not  in  accordance  with  request  as  sent  by  our 
office.  _ 

Sometime  ago  George  Ileister  requested  that  we  make 
as  many  calls  for  twenty  dollar  bills  as  possible.  Me  have 
done  this,  but  last  Saturday  v;e  received  only  a- very  few  of 
these,  a  great  many  one  dollar  bills,  and  several  fifty  and 
twenty-five  cent  pieces,  end  even  pennies. 

Tve  vd til d  request  that  you  investigate  this  matter 
and  have  the  list  made  out  according  to  our  request. 

Also,  we  would  like  to  know  whether  our  night  force 
could  not  bo  paid  off  at  the  end  of  their  shift,  say,  Saturday 
morning,  the  same  time  he  pays  off  the  Aniline  night  shift.  X 
understand  he  pays  those  men  on  Saturday  morning,  or  Sunday 
morning,  at  the  end  of  the  shift.  7/ill  you  please  take  this 
up  and  advise  me. 

J.  V 


CC  -  Llossrs*  C.  Edison  and  LSamfcert 


John  V.  Miller 

Edison  Chemioal  Works 
Silver  lake,  U. J. 



Replying  to  your  memorandum  of  Sept.  11th, 
regarding  denominational  distribution  of  pay  roll 
I  would  say  that  inasmuoh  as  your  offioe  furnishes 
us  with  the  denominations  required  for  your  pay 
roll  we  oan  only  see  that  the  bank  gives  us  the 
money  oorreotly  which  they  almost  always  do.  In 
faot,  the  only  variation  is  that  sometimes  they 
send  us  one  dollar  hills  instead  of  two. 

Your  offioe  did  not  make  up  a  correct  dis¬ 
tribution  last  week  which  aoaounts  for  the  presence 
of  small  bills  and  change  in  the  envelopes.  Will 
you  please  see  that  this  does  not  ooour  again? 

We  will  be  glad  to  pay  off  your  night 
fone  Saturday  morning  at  the  same  time  we  pay 
off  the  Aniline  and  Phenol  night  force. 

yill  you  please  detail  someone  to  co-operate 
with  Mr.  Patrick  Brady,  acting  paymaster,  to  the 
end  that  oare  is  exeroised  to  see  that  the  proper 
men  reoeive  their  pay? 

H.  F.  MILLER. 


oo-  to  Messrs.  Charles  Edison-S.B.Mambert* 



date  Sept.  32,  1916 

to  Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft  subject  616  -  Iron  By  Hydrogen 

Grade  C 


Orange . 

Answering  your  notation  on  letter  of  of  Binney 
&  Smith,  dated  September  14,  their  file  HSP,  asking  for 
1000#  of  Grade  0  Iron  by  Hydrogen,  would  say  that  this 
iron  takes  considerable  more  labor  and  supervision  than 
Grade  B,  and  if  we  oould  raise  the  price,  it  certainly 
would  be  an  excellent  proposition.  It  will  be  impossible 
for  us  at  the  present  time  to  deliver  1000#  of  Grade  0 
iron,  as,  due  to  ohanges  in  building  #14,  the  apparatus 
we  were  using  has  been  torn  down.  We  shall  have  to  move 

it  to  building  #113. 

We  feel  that  within  two  or  three  weeks,  at  the 
outside,  we  can  have  some  Grade  C  ready  for  sale.  However, 

I  stall  investigate  the  matter  further  and  advise  you. 

On  September  11,  we  sent  you  formal  order  from 
Binney  &  Smith  for  this  1000#  of  Grade  C.  As  soon  as  you 
settle  this  matter,  will  you  kindly  return  same  with  the 
price,  etc.,  noted?  If  Grade  B  is  worth  40^,  Grade  C  ought 
to  be  worth  50j^,  or  possibly  60?f,  per  pound.  Why  not  try 


EEia-a  23,  1916.  o*  2 

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,,  i„T!rrto*f.  Div.V^r.?sai8on  Caxbolio  Aold  Div.o?  2.A .K.Ioo. 

2;  nSr&StaiS:  Kxpcploontal  &  Eovelop^t 
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2  _  jlrst  Aid  lioooDtnry  ot  "ilvor  »ia>.  , 

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Oot.  2,  1916. 

TO  laboratory  of  subject  shipments  of  Grade  B  Iron. 

Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Mr.  Ufa  .Mead  owor  oft. 

In  reply  to  the  complaint  of  Binney  &  Smith,  regard¬ 
ing  delayed  shipments  of  Grade  B  Iron  by  Hydrogen,  as  evidenced  by 
their  letter  of  the  27th  inst. ,  we  wish  to  call  your  attention  to 
the  following  statement  of  shipments,  which,  we  believe,  will  show 
conditions  to  the  oontrary. 

(Their  order  received  February  17,  1916,  First  ship¬ 
ment  due  March  1st, 

Made  Founds 

Mar. 2  600 

16  600 

28  1000 

Apr. 3  600 

18  600 

May  2  600 

18  600 

Jun  2  600 

19  1100 

Jul  6  1000 

22  600 

Aug  3  600 

16  400 

Sep  6  600 

16  600 

Totals  9100# 

Shipments  Contracted  for 
















You  will  note  that  at  the  present  time  we  have  shipped 
2100#  in  excess  of  the  terms  of  their  oontraot  and  that  only  in  the 
month  of  August  did  we  fall  short  of  requirements. 


CC  -  Binney  &  Smith  Co, 


TO  Mr.  w.  H.  Maadoworoft 


□ate  October  6,  1916 
subject  614  -  Iron  by  Hydrogen-USP 


Orange . 

Ae  you  know,  we  are  malting  every  effort  to  catch 
up  with  our  requirements  for  the  Storage  Battery  Company,  but 
in  addition  to  this,  we  are  running  two  pots  a  day  on  this 
special  iron  by  hydrogen,  vhioh  will  mates  about  2000#  per 
month.  According  to  our  records,  we  are  sold  up  to  1700# 
per  month,  leaving  room  for  only  300#  additional  business. 

After  going  through  our  files,  we  found  the  other 
order  of  Binney  &  Smith,  which  in  some  way  was  never  listed 
in  our  orders. 


P.  s.  -  We  enclose  herewith  copies  of  our  letters  of  even 
date  to  - 

Binney  &  Smith 
Merote  &  Congiany 
Talbot  &  Company. 

J.  V.  M. 


Lfosors.  .March  &  Company 
46  Park  Place 

Hew  York  City 

Gentlemen:  Ro:  614  -  Iron  bv  Hydrogen  -  PSP 

Answering  yours  of  recent  aate,  regarding  iron  by 
hydrogen,  would  say  at  who  present  time,  we  aro  entirely  sold 
up  to  our  capacity.  Howevor,  we  are  arranging  to  increase 
this  oapaoity,  and  will  advise  you  within  a  week  or  so  whether 
we  oould  supply  your  requirements. 

yours  very  truly 

Edison  Chemical  Works  division 

1  hivisSon  Manager. 


Mo s sra.  Binney  &  Smith 
81  ffulton  Street 
Ilovr  York  City 

Gentlemen:  He:  614  -  Iron  by  Hydrogen  -  U3P 

In  regard  to  the  situation  of  shipments  to  you  oil 
your  contracts,  would  say  wo  are  making  evory  effort  to  got 
out  the  contracted  amo\mt ,  but  owing  to  a  big  increase  in 
demand  for  our  regular  production,  wo  have  been  hold  back 
somewhat  with  this  spooial  product.  However,  no  made  ship¬ 
ment  to  you  of  500#  this  week  and  expect  to  get  out  another 
500#  and  some  additional  Quantity  on  the  15th, 

In  regard  to  any  additional  shipments,  it  will  bo 
impossible  for  us  to  say  just  what  wo  can  give  you  for  at 
least  one  or  two  weeks.  As  soon  as  wo  can  arrange  for  larger 
oapaoity,  no  shall  adviso  you.  It  is  a  question  non  of  hydrogen 
supply,  and  we  are  making  experiments  in  order  to  inoroase  this 
supply,  and  as  soon  as  tlioso  experiments  aro  completed,  which 
will  probably  bo  tho  middle  or  16-|tor  part  of  next  wook,  wo  can 
toll  how  much  additional  iron  wo  will  have  for  sale. 

go  regret  very  much  tho  dolay  in  your  shipments,  and 
will  make  evory  effort  to  fill  your  contracted  shipments  by  tho 
middle  of  this  month. 

Yours  very  truly 

edi:;  art  ssoeage  basseey  coiipahy 

Edison  Chemical  Works  Division 

cc  1VHM 

Div.  Itgr. 

Subject:  conference  op  silver  lake  cm  sice  managers.  Thursday,  ootober  26.  1916.  at  2  pji. 

Messrs.  s.B»MBmtsrt.  Vice  President  &  Financial  Executive. 

J»V.Hillor»  VI oa  President  &  Div.  Mgr..  Edison  Chemical  Div,  E.S.B.  Oo. 
E.E.Hudaon.  Vioa.  Erast.  &  Div.  Mgr.  Edlaon  Primary  Battery  Div.  T.A.E.Ino. 
H.Kammarhoff .Division  Mgr..  Edison  Carbolio  Aold  Div.  T.A.E.  Ino. 

W.H.Mason.  Ohamloal  ncperimental  *  Devolojxnant  Eng.  T.A.E.  Ino.- 
E.D&vie.  Office  Mgr.,  phenol  Rosin  &  \vax  Hfg.  Div.  T.A.E.Ino. 

J.T.  Pholan.  Business  l!gr. .  Aniline.  Phenol  &  Amidophenol  Pits.  T.A.E.  Per. 
A. 0 .Frost.  Insuronoe  service  Dept. 

Ojlioolai.  construction  &  Maintenance  Service  Div.  T.A.E.  Ino. 

Confirming  telephone  conversation,  a  conference  has  been 
arranged  for  the  above  mentioned  gentlemen  at  2  PJJ.  Thursday.  Ootober  26.  1916. 
in  the  offioe  of  Mr.  E.E.Hudeon.  Vloe  president  &  Division  Manager  of  Edison 
Primary  Battery  Division  of  T.A.E.  Incorporated  at  Silver  lake,  IJ.B.  for  the 
discussion  of  tl»  following  matters: 

1  -  £2620  -  standards  Pivot  Aid  Comalttee  {Under  revision  by  Legal  ser.  Dept.) 

2  -  #3610  -  Standards  {Scrap) • 

3  -  #3536  -  Fire  Protection. 

4  -  #4544  -  Silver  Lake  Div.  Employees  Lunch  Room, 

6  -  #4345  -  Injunction  to  oloso  down  Silver  Lake  Div.  aoot.  smoko,  fumes,  eto. 

6  -  #3644  -  Increase  in  Boiler  plant  Equipment. 

7  -  #3600  -  Water  supply. 

8  -  Unfinished  baelnees  of  last  meeting. 

00  to  Ur.  Oha a.  Edison. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Company  [not  selected]  (E-16-27) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Crushing  Roll  Co.,  which  licensed  and  installed 
Edison's  crushing  rolls  and  collected  royalties  fortheir  use.  Included  are  reports 
pertaining  to  the  operations  and  output  of  licensees  and  correspondence 
concerning  the  collection  of  royalties. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison  Manufacturing  Company  (E-16-28) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  Although  it  ceased  to  be  an  operating  company  after 
its  assets  and  property  rights  were  assigned  to  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  in 
1911,  the  Edison  Manufacturing  Co.  maintained  a  legal  existence  until  its 
dissolution  in  1926.The  two  items  for  1916  consist  of  an  annual  report 
submitted  to  the  State  of  New  Jersey  and  a  letter  inquiring  whether  the 
company  manufactured  dolls.  Only  the  annual  report  has  been  selected. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company  (E-16-29) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  (EPCCo).  Included  afe  letters  to 
and  from  EPCCo  president  and  longtime  Edison  associate  Walter  S JVlalloiY, 
whose  office  was  relocated  from  Stewartsville,  New  dersey  toNewY^k  City 
in  1916;  Harold  M.  Scott,  assistant  to  the  president;  WJHam  H  -Mason, 
longtime  superintendent  of  EPCCo,  whowas  reassigned  to  Edison  s  laboratory 
staff-  and  EPCCo  chemist  Herman  E.  Kiefer.  Among  the  documents for  1916 
are  items  pertaining  to  the  financial  condition  of  the  company,  the  payment  of 
bonds,  prospective  clients,  customer  relations,  marketing,  and  promot'on^One 
of  the  documents  contains  a  marginal  notation  by  Ed,so!1^®f®r^ing tAt0_  h® J'x’ 
year  depression  in  the  cement  industry  that  had  caused  EPCCo  to  suspend 
operations  and  announcing  his  intention  to  start  up  the  mills  ag^n  |n  the  spr  n^ 
Some  of  the  documents  mention  lobbying  and  legislation  on  behalf  of  concrete 
highways,  while  others  pertain  to  the  use  of  Edison  Portland  cement  m  speaf  c 
construction  projects,  including  the  New  York  City  subway  system.  There  is 
also  discussion  of  kiln  experiments,  the  chalk  plant,  and  bags  for  packaging 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  Jh® 

material  not  selected  includes  meeting  announcements,  letters  of  transmitted 
and  promotional  material.  Also  not  selected  is  routine .  c°^p°n  g®"®® 
pertaining  to  equipment  and  supplies,  notes  payable,  sales,  and  other  financial 
matters  including  stockholder  accounts  and  royalties  collected  from  licensees 
of  Edison’s  crushing  rolls. 

The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSV1LLE.  N.  J.,  Jan,  17  th,  1916. 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller,  Seo.'y.,, 
Edison  Laboratory, 

Ffli  |  I 

Dear  Mr.  Miller:-  -bill  ^  H  Li 

Enclosed  find  tax/for  State, Town  and  County 

tax  for  Iona  Island  or  Helson  Tract,  which  is  correct,  unless 
you  have  had  a  bill  previous  to  this  and  may  have  paid  it 
directly  from  your  office.  I  have  been  obliged  to  write  Beveri 

rom  your  office.  I  have  been  obliged  to  write  several 
iost  of  the  tBX  collectors  up  the  Hudson  before  obtain- 
x  bills  They  are  the  most  un-businesslike  set  of 

ing  the  tax  bills.  They  are  the  most  un-DUSinesB-uxe  »» 
officials  I  have  ever  run  across. 

I  wrote  you  on  the  3rd,  inst.  enclosing  a 
letter  from  me  dated  Dec.  16th,  1916  to  John  Allen,  collector.  Cold 
Spring,  U.  Y.  asking  for  school  tax  bill  on  the  Seymour  Worden  ^ 
property,  in  town  of  Putnam  Valley,  which  letter  was  returned  to  , 
me  with  John  Allen's  notation  at  bottom,  I.  e.  "Your  school  tsx 
for  Seymour  Worden  property  for  191b  is  paid  by  Mr.  Fohnstock" 

I  requested  reply  to  same,  also  the  return  of  said  letter,  and  /^_ 
as  I  did  not  hear  from  you,  thought  best  to  call  your  attention 

I  have  twice  written  Mr.  Horatio  S.  Tomkpins, 
collector,  Tomkins  Corner,  H.  Y. ,  for  State,  Town  and  County  tax 
bill  on  Seymour  Worden  properly,  to  which  I  have  as  yet  received 



no  reply,  and  thought  possibly  this  bill  might  have  been  sent 
directly  to  your  office.  These  are  the  only  two  bills  I  have  not 
as  yet  received. 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  if  you  have  any- 
thing  to  report  on  same,  as  they  have  a  fashion  up  that  way  of  * 
selling  property  for  non-payment  of  taxes  on  rather  short  notice, 
so  that  it  will  be  necessary  to  keep  close  track  of  the  matter, 
and  oblige. 

Your 8  very  truly, 



The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  January  20th,  1916. 
Hr.  Harry  E.  Miller,  Secretary 
Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

I  am  in  receipt  of  the  two  letters  rel¬ 
ative  to  the  tax  hills  on  seymour-Warden  property  with 
your  notation  at  the  bottom  of  one  of  the  letters 
"Mr.  Carhart, 

Mr.  Edison  sold  this  property. 

H.E. Miller.  " 

This  of  course,  explains  why  1  could  not  get  these  tax 
billo  for  1915  taxes. 

Before  receiving  said  enclosure,  I  had 
written  Mr. Horatio  S.  Tompkins,  Collector,  Tompkins  Corner, 
Hew  York,  asking  for  State,  Town  and  County  tax  bills  on 
same  p ropery, 'which  I  enclose  carbon  copy.  If  you 
think  best  to  write  Mr.  Tompkins,  explaining  why  said 
letter  was  sent  kindly  do  so  or  possibly  it  may  be  best 
to  pay  no  attention  to  it,  so  I  will  enter  it  on  Mr. 
Edison's  tax  book  that  the  Seymour-Y/arden  property  has 

Thanking  you  in  the  matter,  I  am, 

Yours  very  truly, 




Jsn.  17th,  1316 

Ur,  Horatio  S.  Tompkins, 


Tompkine  Corner,  H.  Y. 

Dear  sir:- 

X  wrote  you  on  November  23th,  also  December 
16th,  1915,  aeking  for  State,  Town  and  County  tax  bill  on  the 
Seymour  Worden  property,  standing  in  the  name  of  Ur,  '.Thomas  A. 
Edison.  Not  receiving  same,  or  having  heard  from  you,  I  write 
again  to  inquire  if  you  will  kindly  see  that  said  bill  io  for¬ 
warded  without  delay,  when  I  will  send  it  to  Ur.  Edison  at 
Orange  for  payment,  and  greatly  oblige, 

YourB  very  truly, 





The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

iGt  fidwoitk 

STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  January  22,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  E.  J.  I 
Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

1  have  heen  keeping  in  touch  with  the 
Alli8-Chalmers  Co.  direct  and  also  through  Mr.  NicholB, 
and  during  the  last  two  weeks,  each  time  that  X  have  had 
any  word  as  to  the  shipment  of  the  first  tube  mill,  the 
date  has  heen  delayed  two  weekB  eaoh  time,  making  the  de¬ 
livery  of  the  first  tube  mill  thirty  days  later  than  the 
contract  period  of  delivery. 

I  am  dictating  this  letter  Saturday 
afternoon,  and  am  leaving  Sunday  for  Milwaukee,  and  as 
soon  as  I  return  I  will  advise  you  as  to  the  ex^ot  situation. 

The  Allis-Chalaer8  people  claim  that  their  own  work  is 
well  in  hand,  hut  they  are  being  held  up  by  the  non-delivery 
of  material  ordered  a  long  time  ago. 

Unless  I  find  prospeots  as  to  deliveries 
in  better  Bhape  than  I  anticipated,  X  think  it  will  be  nec¬ 
essary  for  us  to  start  up  the  plant  with  our  old  machinery  as 
soon  after  April  let  as  we  can  obtain  coal,  and  then  later 
on  do  the  best  we  oan  with  the  installation  of  the  new  machinery. 

If  we  undertake  to  resume  manufacturing 


operations  on  April  1st,  it  will  be  necessary  to  purchase 
ooal  about  March  1st,  and  to  store  Borne  during  March,  bo 
to  have  sufficient  stock  on  hand  so  that  we  will  he  warranted 
in  resuming  operations.  At  the  present  time,  Gas  Slack  Coal, 
which  we  use  in  the  kilns,  has  advanced  from  200#  to  300# 
over  normal  prioes,  and  in  addition,  1b  very  difficult  to 
obtain.  I  have  learned  that  some  of  the  cement  manufacturers 
are  only  obtaining  25#  to  33#  of  their  requirements  from 
their  ooal  contracts,  and  are  compelled  to  buy  the  balance 
in  the  open  market,  and  the  expectation  among  coal  dealers 
is  that  the  nearer  to  April  1st  we  get,  the  higher  the  price 
will  be,  consequently,  any  profit  which  we  might  made  by 
being  in  a  position  to  resume  manufacturing  on  April  1st, 
would  be  practically  absorbed  by  the  very. high  price  we  will 
have  to  pay  for  coal,  and  then  in  the  event  of  a  ooal  strike, 
for  any  length  of  time,  we  would  not  be  able  to  continue 

The  wiser  plan,  therefore,  seems  to  me 
to  be  to  have  the  whole  plant  ready  for  operations  the 
moment  the  ooal  strike  is  settled,  when  doubtless  we  will 
be  able  to  buy  ooal  at  reasonable  rates,  and  be;,sure  of 
the  delivery  of  it.  Our  records  show  that  after  the  last 
coal  suspension,  the  prices  of  Gas  Black  Coal  came  down  to 

normal  very  quickly  after  the  matter  wae  Bettled 
Yours  very  truly, 



DeAngelis  v.  Edison  Co. 

George  Henderson 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison 
Orange,  H.  J 
Dear  Sir:- 

Jan.  25,  1916. 


if  t&sS'fj-f '5 

I  represent  Mr.  Michele  deAn^l^a^ 
the  bonds  of  the  Edison  Portend  Cement  Comp 
which  has  for  sometime  past,  as! 

For  several  mpni 

w.  S.  Mallory,  the  Pre^ftenf^l  the  Comp 

1-s  uumi.Hiiy,  thelinterest  upon 


istY^slyou'  toow.  t>^en  '  I 

ral  month^I^v^bMn  ^  eomm^^^O^ with  Ltov 

*»  hi.  a  Xi.t  ot 

-to.  ,*  to  tu.  ho  “ 

•onld  take  the  .alter  S&^SV.O.^ 

then  that  he  hoped  the  . 

av,*  -=oo0n  w6  should  n 0  ^ 

Mr.  deAngelis  is 

ompany  and  «**«• 

It  no  .action  whap- 

,  _ «Su  C U.W* 

"concurred  in  by  a  mu j or  ity  °/ J^5 

. . 

—  end  foot,  It  «.  ~ 

onr.  the  nou.s  and  addt.,eJ^ofth.(  emallier  hoMhold.m  to  d«‘ 
tonoh  with  them  for  the  purpose  of  consult in*^  reference  to  their 

of  this  Company 

as  if  he  can  do  nothing  b\.uc«,iou  . 
soever  can  be  taken  unt  il^jia  c 
bond  holders.  In  other  wirfds 

oommon  interests  which  appear  to  be  so  effect^) 
have  been  able  to  do  nothing  since  , 

ly  tied  up  that  they 
It  occurred  and  it 


George  Henderson 



would  almost  seem  that  they  could  do  nothing  so  long  as  a  majority 
in  interest  in  the  bonds  refuse  to  move. 

Hr.  deAngelis  is  an  Italian  who  has  a  large  part  of  liis 
savings  invested  in  these  bonds  and  you  can  understand  that  he  is 
not  only  greatly  solicitous  as  to  the  future  but  that  he  sorely 
feels  the  loss  of  inoome  due  to  the  default  in  paying  the  ooupons. 

tie  feel  sure  that  under  the  foregoing  oircumstanoes  you 
will  recognize  the  justice  and  propriety  of  Hr.  deAngelis'  request 
and  we  will  thank  you  to  aid  us  in  securing  the  names  and  addresses 
of  these  bond  holders. 

Regretting  to  have  to  bother  you  in  the  matter,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours, 

The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

iCt  6di4<nu 

STEWART5V1LLE,  N.  J.  January  29 ,  1916  . 


Mr.  Thcmas  A.  Ediscn, 

Orange,  N.  J 
Dear  Mr.  Ediscn:- 

I  have  just  returned  from  a  trip  tc 
Milwaukee,  and  while  there  learned  that  the  greatest 
certainty  as  tc  delivery  cf  the  tube  mills  was  due  tc 
the  24  steel  plates,  3/4"  thick /  96£"  wide  by  266&"  long, 
which  are  needed  tc  make  the  shells.  These  plates  were 
ordered  frcm  Wcrth  Brcs.  Cc.,  $f  Ccateeville,  Pa.,  and 
shipment  was  premised  this  weeje.  I  returned  heme  by  the 
way  cf  Philadelphia,  and  get  ijrtc  communication  with  V/crth 
Brcs.  Cc.,  and  find  that  the  2&  plates  have  all  been 
shipped,  and  am  bc  advising  the  Allis-ChalmerB  Co.  today. 

While  in  Milwaukee,  I  went  into  the 
matter  in  detail  as  tc  all  the  parts,  net  only  with  Gen. 

Falk,  President  cf  the  A.  C.  Cc.,  but  the  heeds  of  the 
various  departments,  and  there  is  nc  dcubt  but  what  the 
Allis-Chalmers  Cc.  have  the  facilities,  and  I  believe  the 
inclination  tc  push  the  werk  just  as  seen  as  the  raw  material 
is  received. 

There  is  a  bare  possibility  that  the 
shipment  cf  the  first  mill  may  be  made  in  the  early  part 



cf  April,  and  then  the  tube  mills  ehculd  follow  at  the 
rate  of  one  every  week  or  ten  days,  hut  I  dcuht  very  much 
that  it  would  he  safe  for  us  to  assume  the  delivery  of 

the  first  mill  until  say  about  May  1st,  as  any  unforeseen 
delays  can  easily  consume  the  extra  month,  therefore,  1 
have  decided^tc  depend  upon  the  delivery  of  these  mills 
t,ut  to  make  arrangements  to  start  up  as  early  in  April  as 
possible  with  cur  present  machinery,  with  which  we  can 
take  care  of  cur  Pulverized  Limestone  business,  and  prob¬ 
ably  also  all  the  cement  we  will  be  able  to  sell  in  the 
first  sixty  days.  If  everything  gees  well,  we  ought  to 
have  the  new  tube  mills  installed  in  the  Clinker  Pine 
Grinding  Plant  some  time  in  June,  and  in  the  Chalk  Plant 
acme  time  in  July.  It  is  possible  we  may  improve  up  these 
dates,  but  id  does  not  seem  probable  at  the  present  writing. 

I  found  the  Allis-Chalmers  Cc .  very  much 
congested  with  work,  and  while  it  would  have  been  very  much 
better  if  we  had  placed  cur  order  two  or  three  months  earlier, 
it  is  a  very  good  thing  we  did  not  delay  it  any  longer,  as 
then  we  would  not  have  been  able  to  have  received  promises 
of  deliveries  earlier  than  six  to  eight  months. 

Yours  very  truly, 




The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

jj/R^erring  tc  this 

Puller  la  right  cn 

N.J.  February  14  ,  1916  . 


if  V  FULLER  jaa«TTL*.^ 

/  \  /  1 

lette|' cf  Feb.  IQth,  will  feay  that  1/  *  = 

seme  feints  and  wi^g  cn  ethers.  He right  when  he  says 
a  gr^at  many  cement  Companies  use  Fuller  mills  cn  ccal . 

He  |ces  net  say.  however,  that  a  great  many  cf  these  com¬ 
panies  had  these  Fuller\nills  cn  clinker  and  possibly  seme 
of  |hem  cn  raw  material,  '^nd  took  them  cut  because  they  were 
nct|  satisfactory  and  put  them"cn  ccal  because  they  had  them 
nndt because  they  gave  greater  satisfaction  cn  ccal  than 

in  the  other  departments. 

I  He  is  right  when  he  says  the  33"  Fuller 

mill\  are  cut  cf  date.  This  is  the  size  we  have,  and  while 
I  have  nc  direct  personal  knowledge  cf  the  performance  cf 
the  mills,  I  have  net  heard  any  cne,  from  Mr.  Mason  down, 
whe  has  been  satisfied  with  them  at  any  time  Bince  they 
have  been  installed. 

Mr.  Fuller  may  be  right  when  he  says 
they  have  taken  cut  tube  mills  tc  put  in  Fuller  mills.  He 
dees  net  explain ,  however,  that  by  tube  mills  he  refers  tc 


pebble  mills.  What  we  purpose  doing  is  using  cylpeb  mills 
and  s  7  x  10  tube  mill  filled  with  cylpebe  is  an  entirely 
different  proposition  from  e  5  or  6  ft .  diameter  by  18  to 
22  ft.  length  tube  mill  using  pebbles. 

As  we  have  these  7  x  10  ft.  cylpeb  mills 
we  do  net  think  we  are  making  any  mistake.  It  is  possible 
that  when  we  get  to  operating  them  we  may  find  a  larger 
oylpeb'^at'  a  less  number  of  tens  may  work  better  than  the 
charge  we  have  been  accustomed  to  use,  but  that  is  a  thing 
to  be  determined. 

If  it  were  a  question  of  buying  new 
machinery  for  the  Coal  Plant,  it  is  my  opinion  that  combi¬ 
nation  mills,  such  as  we  are  buying  for  the  Ghalk  and  Clinker, 
would  give  far  better  results  than  the  Puller  mills,  and  it 
is  also  my  opinion  that  the  7  x  10  ft .  mills  which  we  intend 
using  will  give  better  results  than  the  33"  Fuller  millB 
which  we  are  abandoning  in  place. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Hanager . 


The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  March  4,  1916. 

Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft,  . 

Edison  laboratory,  „  *'  1  ! 

Orange,  N.  J.  1  (il  V! 

Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft:- 

ffe  are  about  to  get  out  an  announce¬ 
ment,  to  be  sent  to  the  trade,  notifying  them  as  to  the 
resumption  of  manufacturing,  and  I  have  submitted  the 
enclosed  to  Mr.  Edison  and  it  has  had  his  approval. 

It  would  be  infinitely  more  affective 
for  us  if  Mr.  Edison  would  write  thiB  memorandum  in 
long-hand,  and  if  in  the  next  two  or  three  days  there 
oomes  an  opportunity  when  he  has  the  time  to  write  the 
note,  I  would  appreciate  it  greatly  if  you  would  get  it 
for  us.  However,  if  he  is  too  busy  and  not  inclined  to  write 
in  long-hand,  please  have  it  typewritten  and  ask  him  to 
sign  it,  and  then  forward  it  to  me,  unfolded,  at  #1133 
Broadway,  Hew  York,  so  that  we  may  get  the  matter  in  the 
printer's  hands. 

I  would  suggest,  if  Mr.  Edison  writes 
it,  that  the  BUbject  matter  be  raised  about  one  inoh  higher 
You  will  note  that  the  letter  is  not 
addressed  to  any  one,  nor  is  it  our  intention  to  do  so,  as 


we  thought  heat  to  have  it  just  the  mere  statement  from  him. 
The  real  thing  we  are  after  is  in  the  two  last  lines,  as 
our  competitors  are  already  oommenoing  to  talk,  saying 
that  in  case  the  Edison  Company  does  come  in.  that  the 
nest  time  there  is  a  price  war,  they  will  compelled 
to  drop  out.  and  this  will  not  he  the  case  if  the  new 
machinery  does  what  is  guaranteed  for  it. 

I  will  appreciate  any  help  whioh  you 

will  give  me  in  thie  matter. 

Yours  very  truly, 



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The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 


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(j^0  '  STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  March  14 ,  1916  . 

Mr.  H.  F.  Miller.  Treas., 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  11.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Miller 

Dc  net  overlook  sending  me  the  April 
and  May  Easton  notes  when  they  are  signed  hy  Mr.  Edison. 

Mr.  Mallory  will  he  here  sc  seldom 
that  I  dc  net  want  them  to  come  to  me  near  the  time  the 
first  note  is  due,  as  I  may  he  unahle  to  get  hold  of  Mr. 
Mallory  to  get  his  signature  in  time.  I  presume  you  knew 
he  intends  living  in  New  York,  which  means  that  he  will 
probably  he  here  only  once  a  week,  and  if  pushed  on 
selling  and  other  matters,  may  cccasicnaly  drop  one 
of  his  weekly  visits. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Assistant  Treasurer 


Idison  Co. 


"X  George  Henderson 

0  |'Vi  '•»* 
</*&  - 

/  AprilJ 

Hr.  Ehomas  A. -Edison, 

Orange,  K.  J. 

Dear  3ir:- 

Sometime  ago  I  wrote  asking  if^ii  would  not  be  good  enough 
to  furnish  my  client,  Hr.  Hichele  de^figelis,  a  bond  holder  in  the 
Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.,  with  ^list  of  the  names  and  addresses 
of  the  bondholders.  I  got  a  refrly  stating  that  Hr.  Mallory,  the 
President  of  the  Company  would  wall  to -see  me.  He  has  never  done 

If  you  will  be  good  oS^ough^t ^-furnish  mo  with  this  list 
of  names  and  addresses  it  will  not  be  necessary  for  him  to  see  me 
and  wo  can  then  thank  you  for  your  kind  co-operation  in  the  matter. 
Awaiting  your  early  reply,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours, 

Tiiw  w.  -  jrn 

/-t tt,  ^-‘"T 

r  y. 

Dear  Sir: 

In  compliance  with  the  suggestion  contained  in 
your  letter  of  Juno  3,  attached  to  whloh  was  a  letter  from 
I,Ir.  W.  H.  Mason  of  the  Edison  Laboratories,  we  havo  sent 
to  Ur.  Reid  Whitford,  Charleston,  South  Carolina,  literature 

handled  by  our  Ur. 
at  Atlanta,  Georgii 

will  not  hesitate 




Copy  for  W.  S.  Mallory 

9-17-10-4  Juno  7,  1916 


Hr.  Hold  Whitford 

Hoorn  402,  Pooplos  ffuilding 

Charleston,  south  Carolina 

Door  Slri 

Ihrough  Hr.  tv.  H.  Hason  of  tho  Edison  laboratories, 
wo  undorotand  that  you  aro  lntorootod  in  tho  proapoot  of 
building  some  4  miles  of  oonoroto  road  in  your  community. 

Included  in  tho  lltoraturo  which  wo  aro  sending 
you  undor  ooparato  oovor,  you  will  find  a  oopy  of  tho  Amorioon 
Oonoroto  Inotituto  apoolf lcationo  for  oonoroto  otroote.  roads 
and  alloys.  Shoos  specif loatione  were  published  at  tho 
rooont  mooting  of  this  body  and  roprooont  the  latoot  prao- 
tloo  in  this  olaso  of  work. 

You  will  find  in  the  so  opooif ioationo  clauses 
covering  tho  roooamendod  mix.  tho  amount  and  typo  or  reln- 
foroomont,  tho  oroeosootion  of  tho  road  and  tho  toot  for 
comont.  It  has  boon  found  that  q  comparatively  rioh  mix 
is  required  for  tho  auoooss  of  oonoroto  highway.  Under  no 
considerations  should  a  mix  of  Iosb  than  1  part  of  Portland 
ooraont  to  2  parts  of  find  aggregate  to  3  ports  of  ooarso 
aggregato  bo  oonsiderod. 

From  tho  oxporionoe  of  engineers  who  havo  oon- 
struotod  oonoroto  highways,  it  has  boon  shown  that  all  high¬ 
ways  over  20  foot  in  width  should  be  reinforced  and  also 
that  whorovor  roads  of  loss  width  than  this  aro  plaood  on 
rooont  fills  or  on  vory  poor  oubgrade,  it  is  also  best  to 
provide  roinforoomont. 

It  is  not  advisable  in  moot  caooo  to  roduce  tho 
oross-seotlon  of  tho  road  to  Iosb  than  6  lnohes  at  tho  side 
and  8  inohos  at  the-  oontor.  Experience  has  shown  that  this 
is  tho  moot  economical  oroso-sootion  for  a  oonoroto  highway. 

As  wo  understand  it,  tho  proposition  involves 
tearing  up  somo  4  miles  of  Belgian  blook  highway  and  crush¬ 
ing  those  blooks  for  uso  in  tho  construction  of  tho  oonoroto 
road  whioh  is  to  replaoo  tho  Belgian  blooks.  Without  having 
any  definite  Information  on  suoh  a  procedure,  wo  would  say 
that  wo  boliovo  this  would  bo  entirely  prao.tioal  and  ooonom- 
loal  in  tho  ond  provided,  of  oouroo,  that  oaro  is  takon  to 


Hr.  Reid  Whltford - no.  2 

remove  all  of  tho  dirt  which  may  huvo  aooumulatod  on  tho 
bio  ole  s  and  aleo  to  seo  that  tho  road  bed  Is  properly  shaded 
after  removing  the  blocks. 

She  rost  of  tho  litoraturo  whiohwe  are  Bonding 
you, while  moat  descriptive  In  oharaoter  than  toohnioal,  will 
undoubtedly  glvo  you  somo  valuable  Information  on  this  type 
of  oonstruction. 

As  you  perhaps  are  awaro,  tho  purpose  of  this 
Association  is  to  supply  tho  public  with  reliable  Information 
on  tho  protior  usos  of  Portland  oemont.  Wo  have  recently 
opened  on  off loo  at  1123  Hurt  Building,  Atlanta,  Georgia,  In 
oharge  of  our  Hr.  W.  B.  Sloook.  If  you  roquiro  immodlato 
assistance  in  tho  preparation  of  your  plans  or  in  any  othor 
way,  Hr.  Bloook  will  bo  only  too  glad  to  havo  you  oal  1  upon 
him  and  in  any  event  ho  will • undoubtedly  got  in  touoh  with 
you  at  an  early  opportunity. 

Your e  truly 



Edison  Portland^Cement  Company 

June  thirteenth 
19  16 

Bear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: 

Confirming  conversation  of 
today,  I  understand  that  Mr.  Edison  will^Ba  ready 
to  leave  Orange  next  Sunday  about  9. 30^  for  a  trip 

to  Oxford,  and  that  he  will  provide  a  maohine. 

If  anything  unexpected  should 
oome  up,  so  that  he  will  he  unable  to  go,  will  you 
please  telephone  me  on  Saturday,  so  I  may  make 
another  arrangement  which  X  have  in  mind,  in  oaBe 
Mr.  Edison  cannot  make  the  trip. 


Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft,  ^  ^ 

Edison  laboratory,  ^  hxtiUy 

Orange,  HEW  JERSEY.  /  ‘  l ..  ,  J  j  ' 

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Edison  Portland^Cej^ent  Company 

Bear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

Please  advise  Mr.  Edison 
that  I  have  arranged  for  lunch  on  Sunday  at  a 
farm  house  near  the  Oxford  quarry. 

I  would  suggest  that  you 
aBk  him  whether  it  is  advisable  to  telephone 
this  information  to  Mrs.  Edison,  as  it  is  pos¬ 
sible  she  may  prepare  lunch,  which  will  not  he 

1  will  leave  Hew  York  Sun¬ 
day  morning  at  8.10,  and  will  arrive  at 
Mr.  Edison' 8  home  about  9. IB. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Mr.  W.  H.  Meadoworoft, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Orange,  HEW  JERSEY. 




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i  if 

Boar  Sir: 

I  teg  herewith  to  hand  you  a  letter  from 
our  Mr.  Soott,  together  with  photographs,  which  are 
self  explanatory. 

Will  you  kindly  forward  ub  twenty  (20) seta 
of  the  fifteen  (IB)  photographs  Tjame  as  herewith  en¬ 
closed;  also  twenty  (20)of  Mr.  Edison's  latest  photo¬ 
graph  autograph  ty  Mr.  Edison.  Please  see  Mr.  Me  ado w- 
.  oroft  ah put  this. 

Please  let  ub  have  them  at  the  earliSBt  pos¬ 
sible  moment,  hilling  them  to  us  at  your  lowest  pos¬ 
sible  price. 

Confirmation  of  this  order  will  oome  from 
our  Stewartsville ,  Hew  Jersey,  Office. 

Yours  very  truly, 






iEfotflon  Portland  (£mmt  (Eo. 


2d  Vice-Pre.ld«nl 

St.  3)imiffl  Intlbing 

1133  IBroa&iuog 

June  sixteenth 
19  16 

Mr.  Mallory: 

The  photographs  of  Mr.  Edison's 
characteristic  actions,, and  positions,  are 
indeed  interesting,  and  to  wish  you  wouia 
kindly  seoure  twenty  (20)  unmounted  prints, 
as  per  copies  enclosed. 

You  will  also  recall,  to  want 
twenty  (20)  of  Mr.  Edison's  latest  photo¬ 
graph  autographed  by  Mr.  Edison.  These, 
aB  you  know,  are  to  he  mounted  in  our 
salesmen's  potof olios. 

Would  also  like  one  (1)  or  two 
(2)  photographs  showing  the  entire  group 
of  reinforoed  oonorete  buildings  at  the 
Orange  works. 


“Concrete  for  Permenance" 

Stye  lE&taott  -jpcrtlanb  Cement  €o. 

St.  3Jumru  Builbimj 

GEORGES.  BARTLETT^  ^  U33fmii>UWg 

NEW  YORK  June  16,  1916 

Mr.  Mallory: 

iVe  are  soliciting  Mason  &  Hanger  of  62  Yanderbilt 
Avenue,  Hew  York  City,  who  have  contract  for  section 
four  (4)  Brooklyn  Suhway,  requiring  approximately 
fA-ffrj'  l.iiuwana  ^0,000)  barrels  of  cement. 

/<S~Oj  000 

Our  Mr.  Jones  has  suggested,  that  Mr.  Mason, 
formerly  with  the  EDISOH  BORTLAHD  CEJEHT  COMPAHY ,  can 
be  of  considerable  assistance  to  us,  and  as  you  are 
familiar  with  Mr.  Mason's  connections  with  this  Firm, 
we  will  appreciate  any  help  that  you  can  give  us. 

The  oement  contract  will  be  placed  .sometime 
during  the  next  two  weeks,  and  if  Mr.  Mason  can  be  of 
assistance  to  us,  X  would  suggest  a  joint  visit  by 
himself,  Mr.  i/etzler  and  Mr.  Jones. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Concrete  for  Permanence" 

June  twenty-third 
19  16 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoweroft: 

Yesterday  afternoon, 

Mr.  Edison  stated  that  he  would  make  the  trip 
to  Oxford,  Hew  Jersey,  on  Sunday,  providing  he 
felt  able,  and  I  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will 
ask  him  Saturday  monring  whether  or  not  he  will 
make  the  trip,  and  if  so,  what  time  he  would’ 
like  to  leave  his  home, 

®he  reason  I  want  to  know 





,'uno  Twenty- fourth 
L  5  1  6 


The  strained  reletions  which  have  developed 
during  the  past  week  with  Mexico  are,  of  course,  filling  the 
newspapers  and  causing  every  one  to  wonder  what  will  really 
he  the  outcome.  At  this  writing  no  definite  action  other 
than  a  mobilization  of  the  National  Ouard  and  a  concentration 
of  our  regular  army  on  the  border  has  been  done  by  this 

Every  citizen  of  the  United  States,  of  course, 
greatly  regrets  the  difficulty  in  which  we  find  ourselves  and 
can  only  hope  that  some  way  will  be  discovered,  which  will 
prevent  any  further  clash  of  arms. 

As  affecting  general  business  conditions, 
tfoubles  of  this  character  never  do  any  good;  yet  the  dis¬ 
turbance  has  extended  over  such  a  long  period  that,  with  the 
exception  of  those  businesses  directly  interested,  we  believe 
no  immediate  change  will  be  noted.  Most  people  have  long 
anticipated  the  present  condition.  In  visiting  customers, 
don't  talk  war  -  talk  business. 


\'!e  have  but  one  week  of  this  month  left  in 
which  we  are  hoping  a  great  improvement  will  be  made  in  our 
shipments.  The  constant  rains  have  undoubtedly  held  up  much 
construction  work  and  delayed  shipping  instructions.  Howe\e» 
v/e  believe  all  our  competitors  are  being  affected  just  as 
seriously  as  ourselves,  so  no  one  should  lose  heart  The 

weather  breaks  even  -  what  we  lose  in  Juhe  we  will  pick  up  in 


As  a  bit  of  encouragement,  we  submit  the  follow¬ 
ing  list  of  contracts  recently  secured  for  EDISON:- 

5,400  barrels 

3.750  " 

5,800  " 

3,000  " 

1.750  " 

7,000  " 


Massachusettc  State  Highway 
U.  S.  Navy  Department 
New  York  State  Hoad  #5601 
Concrete  Sewer 
General  Electric  Company 
Reinforced  Concrete  Ohimr.eyc 

Vest  Pittsfield.  Mass. 
Brooklyn,  New  York. 
Saugerties,  New  York. 
Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Erie,  Ea. 

Havana,  Cuba, 


We  have  put  in  a  stock  of  Medusa  White 
Portland  Cement  to  be  included  in  any  quantities  with  our 
regular  shipments  of  EDISON.  This  will  be  m  .Medusa  bags. 

Attached  please  find  supplement  covering 
price  to  be  applied  in  quoting  on  this  material. 

We  also  attach  a  card  which  I  wish  you 
would  put  in  your  order  book,  so  that  in  writing  an, crdor 
you  will  always  remember  to  mention  white  Cement.  We 
believe  some  of.  our  competitors  have  secured  considerable 
business  through  their  ability  to  offer  small  amounts  of 
White  Cement,  and  we  can  now;  offer  'che  same  service. 


Mr.  Morris  entertained  Mr.  Robort  Schuler 
from  Buenos  Aires,  Argentine  Republic,  at  our  mills  at 
New  Village  last  Wednesday.  The  fame  of  XEISCN  OEIEjNT  is 
truely  spreading,  as  we  had  been  recommended  to  Mr.  Schuler, 
by  one  of  the  large  Southern  Banking  Eirmc. 


It  is  with  much  pleasure  we  announce  the 
appointment  of  Mr.  r.  L.  Hassenplug  as  Advertising  Manager. 
You  will  shortly  hear  direct  from  Mr.  Hassenplug  of  some  of 
the  plans  which  we  are  working  on.  We  ask  your  full  co¬ 
operation  with  him. 

Hr.  Harry  R.  Kelly  will  represent  our  company  in  Delaware 
and  Maryland  territories. 

Mr.  V/.  D.  E.  Rayburn  will  cover  Western  vaunryivunia  for 
3D  1 3011.  Mr.  Rayburn  is  another  western  man.  having  just 
left  the  employ  of  the  Marquette  Manufacturing  Company. 

TES  DAPH  0?  SK3  H3W  DAY 

Attached  you  will  find  another  "Man 
Message".  While  it  deals  in  generalities,  there  .is  much 
which  we  can  apply  to  our  business  and  our  wcr!:. 


Edison  Portland  Cement^ompany 

June  twenty-sixth 
19  1  6. 

Mr.  Hamilton  Musk, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Ino., 

Orange,  1IE7  JERSEY. 

Hear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  June  22nd, 
asking  for  information  as  to  our  various  com¬ 
panies;  I  note  that  Ur.  Horne  has  already  sent 
you  the  information  relative  to  all  of  our 
several  companies,  excepting  the  Hew  York  Con¬ 
centrating  WorkB  and  the  Ogden  Iron  Company.- 
®he  information  you  desire  relative 
to  these  companies  oan  he  obtained  from 
Mr.  H.  E.  Miller. 

Yours  very  truly, 


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June  28,  1916 

Mr.  W.H.  Mason, 

Edison  laboratory, 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Mr.  Mason: 

I  axn  attaching  as  a  matter  of  Information,  copy 
of  letter  written  Messrs.  Mason  &  Hanger,  having  reference 
to  our  visit  at  their  office  today. 

1  will  keep  you  advised  of  developments,  and  if  we 
again  need  that  little  extra  "punch"  to  put  this  over, 

I  will  take  the  liberty  of  phoning  you.  In  any  event,  I 
will  most  certainly  keep  you  advised  of  developments,  and 
hope  to  be  able  to  write  you  in  the  course  of  the  next 
few  days,  that,  we  have  succeeded  in  closing  for  at  least 
the  7600  barrels  required  this  year. 

Yours  very  truly. 



June  28,  1916 

Tuners.  Maaon  &  Hanger, 

MeS8r52  TSa«rMlt  Avenue, 

•Snoetelyn,  Mew  lork. 


Mr.  Mason  ana  ’ th°  Swing 

,OT  sf 

time  given  us.  ^ 

-i  j  a  ixta  nr»R  nxToiift&ftS  wi/th  ouo 

Ho vi  then,  “e  ad^Aso^»  auote  your  Mr.  ftroyoa  on 

plre  Brick  &  Supply  company  requirements  of  your 

|di30H  to  n.y.,^ “ol ivories  to  be  mnfle  from 

wo  are  oonfiaont,  that  a  rat  tfo  a 

SSTJ3JTBS?  £~vs%  S.SS  SIT* 
iSf.’S'.  5f  ■&  »•  -»•  th“  “tlsll8<1, 

your  purchase. 

yours  v«^I^1?iH5rr,AllI)  OiitiSMT  COia-JUTf. 


District  Salas  Manager. 

Edison  Portl  a n  Cement  Company 

July  seventh 
19  16 

Mr.  Louis  Iiueder, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  MEW  JERSEY. 

Hear  Sir: 

Replying  to  yours  of  the  6th r  I  beg  liere- 


with  to  hand  you  twelve  (12)  photographs  showing 
Mr.  Edison  in  characteristic  poses,  which  I  would 
like  to  have  duplicated. 

In  the  former  set  of  photographs  there 
/ was  one  showing  Mr.  Edison  listening  to  the  latest 
/  Disc  Machine,  which  can  be  used  in  contrasting  the 
|  differenoe  between  the  first  tinfoil  machine.  I 
\  would  like  to  have  this  photograph  added  to  the  set. 
\  I  would  also  like  to  have  included  in  the  set  the 
\photograph  of  Mr.  Edison’s  time-card. 

If  you  have  any  other  characteristic 
photographs,  please  send  them  to  me,  as  I  would 
like  to  get  about  sixteen  or  twenty  for  each  set. 

Will  you  kindly  hurry  through  these  prints 
as  early  as  possible,  as  we  need  them  to  deliver  to 
our  salesmen. 

The  photograph  of  Mr.  Edison  seated  in  the 


Mr.  Louis  Lueder - #2 - -  7  ’  1916* 

ohair  is  the  one  I  desire.  I  am  alsa  returning  this 
photograph  to  you. 

Understand,  we  want  twenty  (SO)  sets,  for 
which  I  have  already  sent  a  formal  order  to 

Yours  very  truly, 



Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

July  tenth 
1;  9  1  6 

Bear  Mr.  Eaison: 

I  called  this  morning  on  Mr,  Ehomas 
K.  Murray,  64  Wall  Street,  relative  to  the  cement 
which  is  to  he  used  in  the  large  office  huilding  to 
he  huild  by  the  Brooklyn-Edison  Company. 

Mr.  Murray  was  very  pleasant,  and  said 
that  when  the  contract  was  placed,  he  would  tell  the 
contractor,  everything  else  being  equal,  he  would  pro- 
fer  the  use  of  EDISON  CEMENT. 

Mr.  Murray  wish  to  he  remembered 
particularly  to  you. 

yours  very 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Orange,  NEW  JERSEY. 


Dear  Mr.  Hdison: 

V/e  have  had  the  first  tube  mill  of  the 
clinker  fine  grinder  in  operation  part  of  the  time  for 
the  last  t.7/0  or  three  days,  making  adjustments  and  slow¬ 
ly  increasing  the  load. 

Yesterday  we  had  a  charge  of  about 
70,000  pounds  (full  charge  is  90,000  pounds),  and  as 
near  as  we  could  estimate,  we  wore  obtaining  about  70 
barrels  per  hour,  having  a  fineness  of  some  85  to  90$ 
through  200  mesh. 

last  night  we  started  up  the  seoond  tube 
mills  which  was  loaded  about  75$  of  its  maximum  load, 
and  the  clinker  fine  grinding  engine  started  both  mills 
from  a  state  of  rest,  without  any  trouble,  so  it  looks 
as  if  tho  power  problem  on  the  tube  mills  will  nou  be 

It  is  our  intention  to  run  about  82  to 
84$  through  200  mesh,  end  it  looks  now  as  if  we  would 
be  quite  sure  of  the  75  barrels  per  hour,  on  which  we 
calculated,  from  each  mill,  just  as  soon  as  we  are 
able  to  make  formal  adjustment. 


Mr.  Edison - - #R - - - July  11,  1916. 

An  Allis-Cha liners  expert  is  in  charge  of 
the  test,  and  will  continue  viith  us  until  we  have 
the  mill  down  to  a  fine  point. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  HEY,'  JESSE Y. 


Mr.  H.  P.  Miller: 

July  13th.  1916  •  ^ 

V  .  w 

I  attach  herewith  some  letters  and  an  order  for 

photographs  from  the  Cement  Company.  Originally  the  order 
for  the  photographs  was  sent  to  Mr.  Emery,  hut  he  thinks  that 
we  had  better  handle  this  right  direct  from  the  laboratory. 

Will  you  please,  therefore,  give  Hr.  Duder  of 
our  Photographic  .Department  an  order  for  20  sets  of  photographs 
of  to.  Edison  in  characteristic  poses,  as  sleeoted  by  Mr. 

Mallory.  Please  bear  in  mind  that  this  order  is  to  be  for 

20  sets  of  15  photographs  each,  unmounted. 

As  to  the  other  item  of  the  Cement  Company’s  order, 

namely,  20  photographs  of  Mr.  Bdieanwith  his  autograph,  please 

do  not  take  any  notioe  of  this  at  this  time. 

/j''  When  these  photographs  are  ready  they  cai 

kj  the  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company, 1133  Broadway, 
v; 'City,  and  charged  to  the  Cement  Company. 


l  be  sent  to 
Mew  York 


File  Subject  Date  7/l4/l6 

Thomas  A.  Edison. _ 

Orange,  N.  J. 

_ ; _ Our  cement  bags  which  hay  a,  been  out  or  torn 

and  which  have  been  Bewed  up  tare  when/Subjected  to  Btraine  and 

we  are  sewing  on  patches  to  re-enfopce  the  Bewed  parts  whlnh_la _ 

very  slow  process.  Can  yqh  sugges't  any  kind  of  glue  which  will 

enable  us  to  glue  piooes  of  cloth  or  other  material  which  win  . . 

hold? Please  answer  by  telegraph  aB  our  phone  1b  out  of  com- 


The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Co. 

lalraan  of  Board  Tdoyrapk.  Freijht  rad  PaMrajer  Slalion,  NEW  VILLAGE,  N.  J.  nm.AOm.tMU»!'pA 

l.o.  address.  STEWARTSV1LLE,  N.  J. 

I  July  14th  1916. 

Mr.  l!ai^  T?.  Miller,  Treasurer,, 
Orange,  U.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

At  Mr.  Mallory’s  request  I  am  sending 
you  under  separate  cover  (yesterday)  a  green  type¬ 
writer  ribbon  to  be  used  on  the  collateral  notes. 

Your3  very  truly, 




Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

July  eighteenth 
19  16 

Hr.  w.  II.  Mason, 

HtUscn  laboratory. 

Orange,  iliOVi  JEfiSBY. 

Dear  Sir: 

Please  note  the  attached  letter 
from  Mr.(  Fred  Bachmann  relative  to  the  claims 
allowed  on  the  Jiggi ng  machine. 

Have  you  any  suggestions  to  make? 

Mr.  Bates  and  the  treasurer  of  this 
Company  are  coming  to  Kew  York  to  discuss  the 
matter  with  us  about  July  £5th. 

Please  return  papers  with  your  reply. 

Yours  very  truly. 

'Nv/V^TV'v'~-  oJUUrrV 

president.  /  \ 

WSM/BC  V - ' 

P.  S.  Mrs.  Mallory  and  Margaret  are  both  away 
and  if  X  v/ere  to  get  an  invitation  for  dinner 

some  time  in  the  neict  ten  days,  I  shall  be 
very  strongly  inclined  to  accept  it. 


Edison  Portland^Cement  Company 

Dear  «Ii'.  ilea  dower  oft: 

Some  time  since,  we  ordered  from 
iir.  Looder  twenty-  i  ZC)  photographs  of  iir.  aid  Is  on, 

)y v/hich  ere  to  he  autographed,  and  X  requested  Lir.  Loeder 
jfavr  ***''  tc-  deliver  those  photographs  to  you,  so  you  could  get 
frvl-  ar.  JSdieon  to  put  hia  autograph  or.  then. 

At fiSli  1  .I/,  _  Xou  understand  that  each  of  those 

photographs  will  he  put  in  a  portfolio  whien  ve  aro 

J  preparing  for  our  sal  semen. 

when  Iir.  Edison  autographs  these, 
(J  t  if  quite  agreeable  to  him,  I  wish  he  would  write  the 
/7/^e  Ehomae  in  full. 

Oy  "s  ™  havs  recoived  a11  the  °ther 

fi  n,.L^c/f  Material,  for  the  portfolio,  I  will  appreciate  it  if  yoi 

/ill  hurry  thorn  along  for  • 


July  21st.  1916. 

to.  W.  S.  Mallory,  President, 

She  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company, 
1133  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Boar  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  letter  of  the  18th  instant, 
and  enclosed  letter  from  to*  Bachman.  1  am  not  satisfeid 
with  the  claims  which  have  boon  allowed  on  this  patent  and 
have  had  a  long  discussion  with  to.  Bachman  today  on  the  sub* 
•jeot,  and  he  feels  aB  I  do  that  with  a  proper  argument  bo- 
foro  the  examiners  we  con  get,  in  all  probability,  more  and 
broader  claims  than  were  allowed  and  ho  is  to  proceed  along 
these  linos. 

Mrs.  MaBon  and  tho  children  are  also  away  and  I 
am  keeping  bachelor's  hall  at  my  homo.  X  am  afraid  that  you 
would  not  bo  treated  to  a  very  good  dinner  if  you  would  come 
out  now,  nevertheless  I  shall  bo  very  glad  to  soo  you  if  you 
oan  come  out  and  spend  the  night  any  day,  just  phoning  me  so 
as  to  be  sure  that  I  am  home,  and  will  promise  to  fill  you  up 
on  something.  I  expect  to  go  to  Easton  Saturday  night  for 
over  Sunday. 

With  best  regards, 

Yours  very  truly. 

P.S.  I  return  herewith  the  papers  whioh  were  enclosed  with 
your  letter. 

Edison  Portland^Cement  Company 

july  twenty-fourth 
19  16 

My  dear  Mason: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  yours  of  the  2lBt, 
and  I  note  that  you  have  had  a  long  discussion  with 
Mr.  Baohmann.  I  have  written  him  eb  per  carbon  copy 

herewith  enclosed. 

I  note  that  you  also  are  a  Bummer 
bachelor,  and  frankly,  I  would  much  prefer  to  delay 
my  visit  until  Mrs.  Mason  and  the  children  have  re¬ 
turned,  for  two  reasons  -  first,  I  would  prefer  meet¬ 
ing  Mrs.  Mason  and  the  children,  as  I  do  not  have  the 
opportunity  of  seeing  them  as  often  as  I  do  you,  and 
second,  which  is  equally  important,  X  know  that  when 
Mrs.  Mason  is  home,  I  will  have  a  better  dinner,  so 
that  we  will  delay  the  trip  until  after  they  return. 



Yours  very  truly, 

Eresident.  /  \ 

Mr.  W.  H.  Mason, 
Edison  laboratory. 
Orange,  MEW  JERSEY. 






July  twenty-fourt® 
19  1  6 

Dear  Mr.  Bachman  n: 

Mr.  Mason  has  written  me  relative  to 
ljift  discussion  with  you  on  the  subject  of  the  claims 
whioh  have  been  allowed  on  the  jigging  machine,  and  I 
understand  that  you  will  make  argument  before  the  ex¬ 
aminer  for  more  and  broader  claims. 

•  I  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will  push 
this  work  as  rapidly  as  possible,  as  we  are  now  about  to 
conclude  negotiations  which,  I  believe,  will  be  of  advan- 
take  to  us  in  the  introduction  of  the  device  among  manu¬ 
facturers  who  use  barrels  for  containers. 

I  will  also  appreciate  it  if  you  will 
keep  me  advised  from  time  to  time  as  to  what  progress  you 
are  making,  as  I  oan  use  thiB  information  to  good  advan¬ 
tage  with  the  people  with  whom  we  are  having  the  negotiations. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  Prederiok  Baohmann, 
Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc. , 
Orange,  HEW  JEHSEY. 


Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

August  s  a  o  o  n  4 

Dear  Mr.  Mas ora: 

1  am  in  receipt  of  your  two  letters  of 
the  29th,  relative  to  the  Bates  contract,  ana  thank  you 
for  the  suggestions. 

Relative  to  the  royalty,  you  will  remember 
that  I  have  alreaay  talkea  over  this  with  you,  ana  we 
agreea  that  if  Bates  wouia  unaertake  all  the  expense  in 
connection  with  the  experimental  work  in  combining  the 
two  machines,  ana  all  the  introductory  work,  that  we  wouia 
be  satisfied  with  the  royalty  stated.  However,  I  am 
asking  him  what  royalty  he  expects  to  charge  per  barrel. 

As  to  your  comments  about  the  tongue  and 
groove  barrel,  wouia  state  that  we  are  still  having  trouble, 
and  will  have  trouble  for  some  time  to  come,  in  getting  the 
export  customers  to  discard  the  tongue  and  groove  barrel, 
and  I  doubt  very  muoh  that  this  can  be  done  for  some  time, 
so  far  as  the  other  companies  are  concerned,  as  the  buyer 
has  been  eduoated  up  to  the  point  of  where  he  demands  the 
tongue  and  groove  package,  so  that  when  Bates  starts  ne¬ 
gotiations  with  the  other  companies,  his  oapital  will  be 
the  Baving  on  the  cost  of  the  stock  of  our  barrel,  and  the 
better  shipping  package,  against  which  will  be  the  extra 


Mr.  W.  H.  Maaon - - #2 - - - Augdst  2.  1916. 

cost  of  the  packing  by  this  raethoa. 

later  on,  when  the  other  Cement  Companies  are 
convinced  by  actual  experience  that  the  tongue  and  groove 
package  is  not  necessary.  Bates  then  may  be  able  to  get 
them  to  disoara  it.  1  am  sure  this  is  correct,  based 
on  my  talk  with  a  number  of  them. 

I  am  writing  Ur.  Bachman,  as  per  oarbon  copy 
enclosed,  and  as  soon  as  I  hear  from  him,  I  will  send 
you  a  copy  of  the  letter  1  write  Ur.  3ates. 

Yours  very  truly. 

President.  (J) 


Ur.  W.  H.  Mason, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  lIBiT  JERSEY. 

August  a  e  o  o  n  d 
19  16 

Ur.  Erederiok  Buohmann, 

Thonma  A.  Edison  Ino., 

Orange,  MEW  JERSEY 

Dear  Sir: 

I  teg  herewith  to  hand  you  a  copy  of  e, contract 
whioh  has  hoen  submitted  to  us  by  the  BateB  Valve  Bag  Com¬ 
pany,  together  with  a  letter  from  Hr.  Mason,  in  whioh  ho 
makes  some  suggestions;  also  a  carbon  copy  of  my  reply  to 
Mr*  Mason,  and  I  will  appreciate  it  vary  much  if  you  will 
write  me  as  to  any  other  suggestions  whioh  ooour  to  you, 
whioh  should  go  in  this  oontraot. 

If  you  will  send  me  the  suggestions  in  proper 
form,  I  will  then  BUbmit  them  to  the  Bates  Coiqpany,  and 
as  soon  as  X  hear  from  them,  we  oan  arrange  to  have  the 
oontraot  put  in  proper  form. 

I  will  appreciate  it  if  you  will  give  this 
matter  prompt  attention,  ad  bbth  the  Bates  people  and 
ourselves  are  dost  anxious  to  have  the  experimental  work 
get  underway  at  the  earliest  possible  moment,  so  as  to 

August  Beventh 
1  ,9  1  6 

Dear  Mr.  Lueder:  | 

We  are  to  have  a  Bales  meeting  In  the 
meeting  room  at  the  Photograph  Office  on  Saturday  next, 
August  ISth.  We  will  have  about  thirty- b lx  ^ 36)  to 
forty  (40 )  people  in  our  party,  and  X  am  most  anxious 
to  obtain  a  photograph  of  Mr.  Edison  with  the  heads  of 
our  Departments  and  our  sales  foroe. 

I  would  suggest  an  outdoor  photograph, 
and  wlBh  you  would  arrange  as  to  the  details. 

In  oase  it  is  not  convenient  for  you  to 
bo  at  the  Works  on  Saturday,  will  you  kindly  make  the  neces¬ 
sary  arrangements  with  some  one  else  to  take  the  photograph, 
as  this  photograph  is  one  of  the  essential  parts  of  our 
advertising  oampaign,  and  will  be  used  in  connection  with 
the  photographs  which  you  send  us  some  t ime  since. 

Will  you  kindly  acknowledge  receipt  of 
this  letter,  so  that  I  may  know  you  have  reoeived  it? 

I  would  suggest  that  you  arrange  to  take 
the  photograph,  say  about  IS. 30  noon. 

yours  very  truly, 

Mr.  lewis  lueder,  President, 

Edison  laboratory, 



Dear  Harry: 

In  oase  lueder  is  away  -  will  you  kindly  make 
the  necessaryvarrangements  as  above. 

.•-Ugust  8th.  192.6. 

Ur.  1.  .  .  Ziallory,  Prosidnnt, 

2i;o  i'.O.loon  Portland  Comont  Company, 

1185  Broadway, 

Hew  York  City. 

Boar  hr.  ilallory : 

I  iiave  received  your  ottors  of  tko  second  and  sovonth,  and. 
havo  dolayod  answering  thorn  on  account  of  being  in  Johnstown  last  v/oek. 

If  the  Bates  Company  expect  to  charge  a  royalty  of  about  ono- 
half  cent,  I  think  a  royalty  of  a  mill  for  500,000  and  o no  and  ono-half 
mills  for  over  that  amount  ic  vory  fair.  In  ray  letter  I  think  I  said 
that  v.o  ohdiaa  have  ono-fifth  of  tho  royalty  they  receive.  I  thought, 
howovor,  it  was  worth  Philo  letting,  t-.-o  ;  know  tho  possibilitioe  of 
tho  mi. ehino ,  and  I  am  pcrfoetly  satisfied  to  mako  tho  contract  along 
the  linos  you  havo  outlined,  ore opt  that  it  does  soom  to  mo  they  should 
guarantee  tho  minimum  royalty  and  at  any  time  this  minimum  was  not  paid 
durinr  tho  life  of  tho  'patent,  we  should  ha.vo  the  right  to  cancel  tho 

i,Ir.  Bachman  askod  mo  to  go  over  this  contract  pith  him  yootor- 
aay,  phich  I  did,  and  I  believe  ho  cxpoctc  to . incorporate  something  of  the 

i  am  just  leaving  for  Silvor  lake  and  have  askod  iVu&olph  to 
sign  tills  lottor  for  ms. 

V.ishing  you  success,  I  remain. 

Yours  vory  truly, 

/  -  -  l  \ 

August  ninth 
19  16 

In  aooordanoo  with  suggestion  made  at  our  Sales 
Conference,  you  will  fine  enolOBed  hook  entitled  -  "Con¬ 
crete  Eaots  about  Oonorete  Roada",  bb  published  by  the 
Portland  Cement  Association,  which  gives  in  a  oonoise 
fashion  a  few  of  the  many  virtues  of  CONCRETE  ROAB3. 

^  You  wni  aiso  find  enclosed  copy  of  Senate  Bill 
#126,  introduced  by  Mr.  Eagan  on  Maroh  13th,  with  refer¬ 
ence  to  improvement  of  New  Jersey  Highways  with  hard 
service  roads,  and  bond  issue  to  cover  such  improvements* 

This  bill  is  to  be  voted  on  at  the  next  general 
eleotion  in  New  Jersey  on  November  7th. 

The  New  York  Herald  of  July  30th  published  some 
interesting  figures  showing  the  growing  oostbof  road  mainte¬ 
nance  in  New  Jersey,  stating  in  thie  connection  that  the 
New  Jersey  State  Chamber  of  Commerce  is  about  to  oonduot  an 
investigation  to  find  out  why  maintenance  expenditures  have 
grown  annually  from  $648,488  in  1907  to  $4,161,846  in  1916,-'' 
About  $36,000,000  has  been  spent  on  New  Jersey  roads  during 
the  paBt  eight  years  and  the  state  Chamber  of  Commerce  is 
of  the  opinion  that  "it  is  high  time  that  we  look  into^this 
matter  of  New  Jersey's  roads  and  bring  about  a  condition 
where  a  dollar's  worth  of  expenditure  will  bring  a ^dollar' s 
worth  of  road  Bervioe.  * 

Doubtless  you  have  seen  the  press  accounts  on 
Mr,  Edison's  position  in  oonneotion  with  this  ball* 

If  there  is  any  further  inf ormationfwhioh  you 
would  like -to  have,  we  should  be  very  glad  t/  enliAten 
you  on  the  subjeot.  r 





SENATE,  No.  126 


INTRODUCED  MARCH  13,  1916. 

By  Mr.  EGAN.  * 

An  Act  creating  a  Highway  Commission  and  to  provide  for  the  construction,  recon¬ 
struction  and  improvement  of  certain  State  highways,  providing  for  the  payment 
of  the  cost  thereof  from  the  proceeds  of  the  sale  of  bonds  to  be  issued  by  the  State 
to  an  amount  of  seven  million  dollars,  and  providing  for  the  payment  of  the  prin¬ 
cipal  and  interest  of  said  bonds  from  the  motor  vehicle  license  fees,  registration 
fees,  fines  and  penalties. 

t  BE  IT  enacted  by  the  Senate  and  General  Assembly  of  the  State  of  New  Jersey: 

t  !.  A  commission  is  hereby  created  to  be  known  as  the  Highway  Commission, 

2  which  commission  shall  consist  of  the  Governor,  the  President  of  the  Senate,  the 

3  Speaker  of  the  House  of  Assembly,  the  State  Road  Commissioner,  and  the  chair- 

4  man  of  the  Committee  on  Highways  of  the  Senate  and  the  chairman  of  the  Com- 

5  mittee  on  Highways  of  the  House  of  Assembly  of  the  Legislature  of  one  thousand 

6  nine  hundred  and  sixteen.  As  soon  as  possible  after  the  passage  of  this  act  the 

7  Highway  Commission  shall  plan  and  lay  out  routes  for  State  Highways,  as  follows : 

S  Route  No.  1.  From  Elizabeth  to  Trenton,  by  way  of  Rahway,  Metuchen, 

9  New  Brunswick  and  Hightstown. 

10  '  Route  No.  2.  From  Trenton  to  Can-den,  by  way  of  Bordentown,  Fieldsboro, 

11  Roebling  and  Burlington. 

12  Route  No.  3.  From  Camden,  to  Absecon,  by  way  of  Berlin  and  Hammonton. 


13  Route  No.  4.  From  a  point  on  Route  No.  1,  in  or  near  Rahway  to  Absecon, 

14  by  way  of  Perth  Amboy,  Keyport,  Middletown,  Red  Bank,  Long  Branch,  Asbury 

15  Park,  Point  Pleasant,  Lakewood,  Toms  River,  Tuckerton  and  New  Gretna. 

16  Route  No.  5.  From  Newark  to  the  bridge  crossing  the  Delaware  river  about 

17  two  miles  above  Delaware,  by  way  of  Morristown,  Dover,  Netcong,  Budd’s  Lake, 
iS  I-Iackcttstown,  Buttsville  and  Delaware. 

19  Route  No.  6.  From  Camden  to  Bridgeton,  by  way  of  Woodbury  and  Mullica 

20  Hill. 

21  Route  No.  7.  From  Hightstown  to  Asbury  Park,  by  way  of  Freehold,  Jersey- 

22  ville  and  Hamilton. 

23  Route  No.  8.  From  Montclair  to  State  line  at  Unionville,  by  way  of  Singac, 

24  Wayne,  Pompton  Plains,  Butler,  New  Foundland,  Stockholm,  Franklin  Furnace 

25  and  Sussex. 

26  Route  No.  9.  Front  Elizabeth  to  Phillipsburg,  by  way  of  Westfield,  Plain- 

27  field,  Bound  Brook,  Somerville,  White  House,  Clinton,  West  Portal  and  Bloorns- 

28  bury. 

29  Route  No.  10.  From  Paterson  to  Fort  Lee  Ferry,  by  way  •  of  Dundee  Lake 

30  and  Hackensack. 

31  Route  No.  11.  From  Newark  to  Paterson,  by  way  of  Belleville,  Bloomfield, 

32  Nutlcv  and  Passaic. 

33  Route  No.  12.  Paterson  to  Phillipsburg,  by  way  of  Little  Falls,  Pine  Brook, 

34  Parsippany,  Denvillc,  thence  over  Route  No.  5  to  Budd  Lake,  thence  to  Washing- 

35  ton  and  Broadway. 

36  Route  No.  13.  New  Brunswick  to  Trenton,  by  way  of  Kingston,  Princeton 

37  and  LawrenCeville. 

1  2.  Said  routes  shall  be  as  short  and  direct  as  practicable  between  the  points 

2  specified,  due  regard  being  had  for  the  other  requirements  of  this  act.  Existing  high- 

3  ways  may  be  made  use  of  wherever  it  is  convenient  to  do  so,  but  the  opening  of 

4  new  roads  over  rights  of  way  to  be  acquired  may  be  provided  for  wherever,  in  the 

5  opinion  of  the  commission,  it  is  desirable  to  do  so  for  the  purpose  of  obtaining  a 

6  shorter  route,  eliminating  sharp  turns  or  corners  or  railroad  crossings,  reducing  or 

7  eliminating  grades,  or  for  any  other  reason.  The  built-up  and  business  portions  of 

8  cities  or  towns  shall  be  avoided  wherever  it  is  practicable  to  do  so  without  ma- 

9  terially  lengthening  the  route. 

1  3  As  soon  as  said  routes  have  been  planned  and  determined  upon  the 

2  Highway  Commission  shall  proceed  in  the  manner  now  or  hereafter  provided  by 

3  law  to  take  over  as  State  highways  the  streets,  roads  and  highways,  or  parts 

4  thereof,  covered  by  the  routes  as  planned,  and  to  acquire  any  necessary  rights  and 

5  easements  for  such  parts  of  said  routes  as  are  to  be  constructed  over  new  rights 

6  of  way,  and  for  the  widening  of  any  streets,  roads  or  highways  taken  over,  wher- 

7  ever  .such  widening  is  necessary.  As  soon  as  any  part  of  a  route  has  been  so  taken 

8  over  and  any  necessary  rights  and  easements  acquired,  the  Commissioner  of  Public 

9  Roads  shall  proceed  to  so  construct,  reconstruct  or  widen  and  improve  the  same  as 

10  to  place  it  in  good  condition  and  cause  it  to  conform  to  the  provisions  of  this  act, 

11  and  any  other  law  of  this  State  relating  to  State  highways,  so  far  as  the  same 

12  does  not  conflict  with  this  act;  except,  however,  such  parts  of  each  route  as  are 

13  already  so  improved  and  paved  at  the  time  they  become  State  highways. 

14  If  at  the  time  when  it  is  proposed  to  take  over  any  road  or  highway,  the 

15  improvement  thereof,  or  any  part  thereof,  shall  have  been  contracted  for,  but  not 

16  completed,  by  the  board  or  body  controlling  the  same,  the  further  operation  of  this 

17  act  with  respect  to  such  highway  or  part  thereof,  shall  be  suspended  until  the  com- 

18  pletion  of  such  improvement.  If  when  any  road  or  highway  is  taken  over  by  the 

19  State  under  this  act  any  county  shall  have  reconstructed  or  made  any  extraordinary 

20  repairs  upon  the  same,  or  any  part  thereof,  under  a  contract  or  contracts  entered 

21  into  after  the  first  day  of  March,  one  thousand  nine  hundred  and  sixteen,  the  Com- 

22  missioner  of  Public  Roads  or  Highway  Commission  shall  first  set  aside 

23  from  the  sale  of  the  State  highway  bonds  herein  provided  for  a  sufficient  sum  of 

24  money  to  reimburse  such  county  for  all  money  expended  by  it  on  such  extraordinary 

25  repairs  or  construction,  whether  the  moneys  so  expended  were  raised  by  the  issue 

26  of  bonds  or  otherwise,  exclusive,  however,  of  all  moneys  which  may  have  been 


27  received  by  such  county  in  the  form  of  State  aid,  and  expended  as  part  of  the 

28  cost  of  such  extraordinary  repairs  or  reconstruction ;  and  for  the  purpose  of  deter- 

29  mining  the  amount  of  money  expended  by  any  such  county  as  aforesaid,  the  county 

30  engineer  shall  prepare  and  file  with  the  Commissioner  of  Public  Roads  or  the 

31  Highway  Commission  an  estimate  of  the  moneys  so  expended  by  such 

32  county,  which  estimate  shall  be  verified  by  the  county  engineer,  and  shall  be  accepted 

33  as  fixing  the  amount  so  expended  by  such  county,  subject  to  tiie  approval  of  the 

34  State  Road  Commissioner;  provided,  the  extraordinary  repairs  or  reconstruction 

35  have  been  made  in  accord  with  the  provisions  of  this  act, 

1  4.  The  State  highways  herein  provided  for  shall  be  paved  with  granite,  asphalt 

2  or  wood  blocks,  brick,  concrete,  bituminous  concrete,  asphalt  or  other  pavement 

3  having  a  hard  surface  and  of  a  durable  character.  In  all  cases  the  width  of  the 

4  pavement  shall  be  at  least  eighteen  feet  and  the  total  width  of  the  roadway  shall 
3  be  at  least  thirty  feet.  All  sharp  turns  and  angles  and  railroad  grade  crossings 

6  shall,  be  eliminated  wherever  practicable.  Wherever  practicable  grades  shall  be 

7  reduced  to  less  than  five  per  centum. 

1  5.  The  cost  of  constructing,  reconstructing,  widening  and  improving,  and  of 

2  acquiring  any  rights  and  easements  for  the  State  highways  provided  for  in  this 

3  act  shall  be  paid  from  the  proceeds  of  the  sale  of  bonds  of  the  State  to  be  issued 

4  as  hereinafter  provided,  to  be  known  as  “State  Highway  Bonds.”  Said  bonds  shall 

5  be  signed  in  the  name  of  the  State  by  the  Governor,  and  the  great  seal  of  the  State 

6  shall  be  affixed  thereto  and  attested  by  the  Secretary  of  State,  and  each  of  the  bonds 

7  shall  be  countersigned  by  the  Comptroller  of  the  State  of  New  Jersey.  They  shall 

8  be'  either  registered  or  coupon  bonds  and  shall  bear  interest  at  the  rate  of  four  per 

9  centum  a  year,  payable  semiannually,  and  shall  be  issued  in  denominations  of  not 
:o  more  than  one  thousand  dollars,  nor  less  than  one  hundred  dollars,  all  as  the 

1 1  Highway  Commission  shall  direct.  They  shall  he  sold  from  time  to  time  as  the 

12  money  is  required  for  the  payment  of  the  cost  of  said  highways.  Whenever  re- 

13  quested  so  to  do  by  the  Highway  Commission,  the  State  House  Com- 

14  mission  shall  sell  such  amount  of  said  bonds,  as  said  request  calls  for,  to  the  highest 


15  bidder  or  bidders  at  public  sale  after  due  advertisement  by  publication  once  a  week  for 

16  two  weeks  in  two  or  more  newspapers  published  in  this  State ;  provided,  however, 

17  that  none  of  said  boiids  shall  be  sold  for  less  than  the  par  value  thereof.  The  State 

18  Treasurer  shall  hold  the  proceeds  of  said  sales  for  the  purpose  of  paying  the  cost 

19  of  said  State  highways  therefrom.  The  total  amount  of  bonds  issued  under  this 

20  act  shall  be  die  sum  of  seven  million  dollars.  All  of  the  bonds  hercih  provided  for 
31  shall  bear  date  on  the  same  day,  and  the  first  five  hundred  thousand  dollars,  par 

22  value,  of  die  bonds  sold  shall  be  payable  one  year  from  date,  the  second  five  hun- 

23  dred  thousand  dollars  two  years  front  date,  and  so  on,  so  that  five  hundred  thou- 

24  sand  dollars,  par  value,  of  said  bonds  shall  come  due  in  each  year  until  all  arc  paid. 

25  The  interest  on  the  bonds  issued  under  this  act  and  the  principal  of  said  bonds  com- 

26  ing  due  each  year,  shall  be  paid  out  of  the  moneys  received  from  motor  vehicle 

27  registration  fees,  license  fees,  fines  and  penalties,  and  a  sufficient  amount  shall  be 

28  deducted  and  reserved  therefrom  each  year  for  the  purpose  of  paying  said  interest 

29  and  principal  before  any  other  payments;  except  the  expenses  of  the  Motor  Vehicle 

30  Department,  are  made  frbm  said  motor  vehicle  moneys;  and  if  the  sums  derived 

31  from  the.  sources  aforementioned  be  hot  sufficient  to  pay  the  principal  and  interest 

32  of  said  bonds  or  any  of  them,  as  they  severally  fall  due,  then  the  deficiency  shall  be 

33  paid  out  of  the  first  moneys  received  into  the  State  fund  of  this  State. 

,  6.  The  provisions  of  this  act  shall  not  lake  effect  unless  tiie  act  shall  at  a  gen- 

2  era!  election  be  submitted  to  the  people  and  receive  the  sanction  of  a  majority  of 

3  all  the  votes  cast  for  and  against  it  at  shell  election. 

j  '  7.  it.  shall  be  the  duty  of  the  Seefillary  of  State  to  arrange,  in  accordance 

2  with  the  statutes  of  the  State  in  such  cast  made  Khd  provided,  for  the  submission 

3  Of  this  act  to  the  vote  of  the  people  of  the  State  at  the  next  general  election  for 

4  members  of  the  General  Assembly,  of  which  submission  the  same  notice  shall  be 

5  given  as  is  required  by  law  to  be  given  of  said  general  election,  and  the  people  of 

6  the  State  may  at  such  election  decide  upon  the  acceptance  or  rejection  of  this  act 

7  in  the  following  manner: 


8  There  shall  be  printed  on  each  official  ballot  underneath  .the  names  of  the  can- 

9  didates  the  following: 

10  If  you  favor  the  proposition  written  below,  make  an  X  mark  in  the  square 

1 1  opposite  the  word  “Yes.” 

12  If  you  are  opposed  thereto  make  an  X  mark  in  the  square  opposite  the  word 


Shall  the  act  entitled  “An  act  creating 
a  highway  commission  and  to  provide  for 
the  construction,  reconstruction  and  improve¬ 
ment  of  certain  State  highways,  providing  for 
the  payment  of  the  cost  thereof  from  the  pro- 


State  to  an  amount  of  seven  million  dollars, 
and  providing  for  the  payment  of  the  prin¬ 
cipal  and  interest  of  said  bonds  from  the  motor 
vehicle  license  fees,  registration  fees,  fines  and 
penalties,”  be  adopted? 

1  8.  The  said  ballots  so  cast  for  or  against  this  act  shall  be  countcd'and  the  result 

2  thereof  returned  by  the  election  officers  and  a  canvass  of  such  election  had  in  the  same 

3  manner  as  is  now  provided  for  by  law  in  the  case  of  the  election  of  a  Governor, 

4  and  the  acceptance  or  rejection  of  this  act  so  determined  shall  be  declared  in  the 

5  same  manner  as  the  result  of  an  election  for  a  Governor,  and  if  there  shall  be  a 

6  majority  of  all  the  votes  cast  for  and  against  it  at  such  election  in  favor  of  the 

7  acceptance  of  this  act,  this  act  shall  take  effect  on  the  first  day  of  January,  ninc- 

8  teen  hundred  and  seventeen. 

1  9.  Wherever  in  this  act  the  Highway  Commission  or  .the  Commissioner  of 

2  Public  Roads  or  the  State  Road  Commissioner  is  referred  to,  said  expressions  shall 

3  be  held  to  mean  and  include  any  board,  body  or  official  who  may  succeed  or  exercise 

4  powers  similar  to  said  Highway  Commission  or  said  Commissioner  of  Public 

5  Roads. 







** Concrete  for  Permanence” 

Publi.t.d  by 




April.  1916 

The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  Aug.  10^1^)^  .y,/ 

Ur.  W.  S.  liallory,  Pres.,  v  '<**r  ^ 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co., 

New  York  City,  ft.  Y.  v  ^ 

Dear  Sir: 

'He  are  making  very  good  progress  on^*'  ^ 

glue  patching  the  cement  bags,  having  now  in- 
creased  to  8,000  daily;  the  National  Bag  Com- 
pany  having  eighteen  men  employed.  The  fol-  V  , 

lowing  is 

/y  w 


a  record  of  patching  to  date:- 

Aug.  3  . 2000 

n  4  . 2900 

M  5  . 3050 

»  6  3250 

ii  7  6100 

n  8  . 000 

n  9  . 6000 

I  find  that  we  have  to  throw  out  quite 
a  number  of  bags  as  worthless,  as  the  cloth  is  so 
deteriorated  that  you  can  simply  tear  the  bag 
double  thickness  with  your  hands. 

Your  ^ery_truly ,/ 





Edison  Portland^Cement  Company 

August  fourteenth 
1  9  1 

Mr.  W.  H.  Mason, 
Edison  Lahoratory, 
Orange,  NEW  JERSEY. 

The  Mason  and  Hanger  contract  for  subway 
construction  in  Brooklyn,  with  which  you  are 
familiar,  has  assumed  a  definite  angle,  and  they 
expect  to  buy  tomorrow  or  Wednesday. 

We  have  an  appointment  with  them  for  three 
o'olook  tomorrow,  and  at  thiB  time  X  am  advised  of 
a  ten  cent  (It#)  lower  prioe  by  some  of  our  competi¬ 

If  you  can  possibly  make  it,  would  like 
very  muoh  for  you  to  be  with  us  tomorrow  afternoon, 
when  we  see  them. 

Will  you  kindly  telephone  me  tomorrow 
morning  upon  receipt  of  this  letter? 


Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 


August  twenty-third 

v^*^9  1  6 


Mr.  Harry  F.  Miller, 

Edison  laboratory, 

Orange ,  I JEW  JERSEY. 

Dear  Sir:  / 

This  will  confirm  our  telephone  conversation 
of  this  afternoon,  and  is  to  advise  that  the  general 
Eleotric  Company  {sprague  Eleotrio  Works)  have  awarded 

. 1  j.  v;  Ferguson, Company  of  Paterson, 

r  building  at  Bloomfield,  Hew  Jersey, 

-  thirty-five  thousand  (35,000)  barrels 

u  explained,  some  few  days  ago  Hr.  Mallory 
to  question  of  General  Electric  Company  business 
Edison,  who,  I  believe,  has  been  in  touch  with 
-  "3,  officials. 

,0e  which  we  now  have  would  indicate  that 
L\  General  Manager  of  the  Sprague  Eleotrio 
ooffloaBTr-nrv-^est  34th  Street,  Hew  York  City,  will 
probably  have  the  last  say  in  the  matter,  and  X  wonder¬ 
ed  if  you,  or  any  of  our  people ,who  knew  Mr.  Durland  _ 
personally  could  speak  a  word  to  him  in  behalf  of  aDISOH 

The  contract  would  be  a  most  attraotiveonefor 
us  netting  One  and  10/100. Dollars  ($1.10)  mill,  provid¬ 
ing  good  shipments  during  the  late  fall  and  winter  months. 

We  shall  certainly  appreciate  any  assistance 
which  you  can  give  us. 

With  best  regards,  I  am, 


Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

October  twenty-fifth 
1  9  1  C 

I.Iy  de-ar  Harry: 

Heplying  tc  .yours  of  the  21st,  asking 
v/l-y  it  was  necessary  to  buy  new  tags  frorr i  the  Hiege! 
3aol:  Company,  for  which  wc-  recently  settled  by  part 

check  and  the  balance  by  note  which  wr.  Edison  en¬ 
dorsed;  beg  to  state  th-t  on  account-  of  the  condition 
of  the  bags,  in  making  Hew  York  deliveries  so  many  of 
the  bags  broke  when  being  handled  on  the  lighters ,  we 
found  it  necessary  to  use  new  bags  for  this  purpose. 

It  was,  therefore,  necessary  for  us  to 
buy  one  hundred  thousand  (100,000)  bags,  although  we 
did  not  want  to  do  so. 

Ilease  also  advise  Ur.  Edison  that  we 

•  have  purchased  five  hundred  thousand  (500,000)  tegs 
for  1917  delivery  from  the  Kiegol  Company  at  about 
(Twelve  Dollars  (&2.00)  per  thousand  under  the  market 
price  as  it  is  today,  with  the  prospect  of  the  price 
going  still  higher. 

Yours  very  truly, 

’■'S/V'fervV'-eJU,  ar 



Mr..  Harry  S’.  Miller, 

Orange-.  HEV/  JIISEY. 


Hovombor  14,1916. 

lir.  Vi.  6.  Vial  lory, 

1133  Broadway, 

'  Bow  York,  II.  Y. 

Hy  dear  Hr.  Hallo ry: 

I  just  got  your  letter  In  regard  to 
tho  coal  situation,  but  rogrot  Tory  much  that  tho  spot 
coal  has  takon  all  tho'  volvot  out  of  tho  present  good 
prices  for  cement..  <  In  regard  to  burning  anthrapito  coal, 
I  carried  on  those  experiments  myself  and  with  it  ran 
tho  kilns  with,  a  mixturo  of  70%  anthracite o  and  30/1  soft 
coal.  Ehis  was  quite  unsatisfactory  and  we  could  not 
burn  the  clinkors  regularly  and  thoroughly,  but  we  oper¬ 
ated  this  way  for  about  two  days,  ff  I.  remember,  but  it 
was  very  difficult  to  hoop  tho  flame  in  the  coal  ond  of 
tho  kiln  and  it  had  a.tondoncy  to  draw  back  toward  tho 
stack  and  apparently  Bomo  of  tho  codl  was  unburnt  on  ac¬ 
count  of  bo ing  mixed  into  tho  carbon  dioxido  gas  and  tho 
clinkers  whowod  an  unhealthy  appoaraneo  as  if  it  contained 
considerable  sulphur,  and  therefore  wo  were  afraid  to  con¬ 
tinue  with  this  high  mixturo.  V/o  then  wont  to  a  fifty- 
fifty  mix  and  got  fairly,  good  results,  but  it  was  difii- 
-  cult  to  got  tho  operators  to  handle  the  flames  prpporly 
and  then  wo  started  to  burn  a  33  hard  coal  and- 67;-  soft 
coal.  Por  a  short  while  they  had  trouble  with  tkiB,  but. 
af^tor  two  or  throe  weeks  ,wo  got  very  much  better  rosults 
thon  we  did  with  tho  straight  soft  coal, .  both  in  larger 
.outputs  and  loss  coal  rings  and  other  similar  troublos. 

I  believe  thore  will  bo  no  sorious  trouble  with 
your  present  equipment  in  burning  a  fifty-fifty  mix.  Of 
ooufso,  it  is  necessary  to  have  tho  coal  just  as  fine  and 
dry  as  possiblo  and  tho  only  othor  roquirnont  is  that  you 
uso  somo  type  of  spreader  so  aB  to  break  up  the  coal 'im¬ 
mediately  upon  its  entoring  the  kiln 'so  us  to  get  quick 
and  complete  combustion.  Cortainly  with  a  littlo  caro 
and  cloco  attontion  it  can  bo  done  successfully  with  tho  • 
present,  great  variations  in  prices  of  coal. 

Shipman  knows  rnbrp  about  this  than  any  ono  olse 
.as  he  was  with  me  on  all  of  tho  oxporimonts  and  it  is 
purely  a  question  of  reasonably  fino  coal  and  spreading 

Mr.  Hallory 



the  flame  by  ono  of  the  many  devices  which  v.o  ozp erincnood 
with,  do  so  to  got  a.  quick  combustion. 

I  Question  whothor  rogrinding  your  pulvorisod  coal 
through-  ono  of  the  clflk  plcnt  tubo  mills  will  givo  you  very 
much  •?!  nor  coe3  •  It  so  eras  to  me  that  wo  triod  sono .  0:13.01  i- 
nontson  rogrinding,.  but  did  not  got  very  satisfactory  results. 

1  nay  bo  bottor  to  roduco  the  feed  on  ell  of  the  orosont 
til  He  cuncl  add  a  Tubo  Hill  from  tho  Chalk  Slant  in  parallel 
with  the  present  Hills.  Ton  might  look  up  m^ortaow 
on  rorrindlng  comont  which  was  done  in  the  Co&L  rlano  in  the  ±ubo 
Hill  some  yoSrs  ago. .and  as  I  lomombor,  only q increase^ the 

scroen^0  *s  I  understand  it,  you  arc  burning  only  about 
130  000  barrels  of  comont  for  month. -With  this  comparat_voly 
low  output,  I  boliovo  by  running  your  Coal  Plant  continuously 
with  a  low  food  to  dryers  and  grinding  mills  and  possibly 
by  putting  a  finer  scroon  on  your  fuller  mills,  you  can  got 
coal  sufficiently  fine  to  burn  a  fifty-fifty  ^  without 
troublo,  but  you  will  probably  have  to  .force  it  through  tho  . 
kiln  room  boeauco  tho  non  do  not  llko  to  burn  tho  higher  P°r"_ 
ccntu  o  of  anthracite  bocauso  it  requires  more  attention  to  . 
tho.  kilns  or  oleo  their  heat  will  got  away  from  thorn. 

If  X  could  bo  of  any  furthor  service  along  those 
lines,  -please  do  not  hoeitato  to  call  on  me. 

Hovember  fifteenth 

exorbitant  cost  of  coal,  and  also  the  higher  cost  of  bags; 
the  present  market  being  over  One  Hundred  Twenty-five  Hollars 
(5 12 5. 00)  per  thousand. 

There  is  some  talk  that  in  the  future  bags 
wlll  -be  charged  out  at  twelve  and  one-half  cents  (izy)  each 
and  repurchased  at  ten  cents  (10*)  each,  but  whether  this 
plan  will  he  carried  out  is  not  definitely  known  at  this  writ¬ 
ing.  v*.  ^ 

mtt.t.  nTERi'i'i'IOHS-We  expect  to  stop  nuking  clinker  today,  and 
then  run  the  chalk  plant  for  about  three  (3) 
or  four  (4)  days  to  accumulate  enough  pulverized  limestone 


Tovember  15,  1916. 

to  tales  oaro  of  our  shipments  during  our  shut  down  period. 

V/e  will  have  about  forty  thousand  (40,000) 
barrels  of  clinker  on  hand  when  we  close  down  today,  and 
this  clinker  will  all  be  ground  into  cement  to  take  care 
of  our  shipments  during  the  shut  dovm  period* 
mAWfflM  HI  About  November  20th,  we  will  start  install- 
htt  'pt.ati'P  ing  the  new  connecting  conveyors,  and  also 

the  balance  of  the  tube  mills. 

I  am  going' to  install  the  conveyors  first, 
so  that  in  case  we  run  into  any  unexpected  delays,  we  will 
^  able  to  start  up  with  two  (2)  or  three  (3)  of  the  new 

As  much  force  as  can  be  concentrated  will  be 
used  in  making  the  changes  on  the  chalk  plant. 
oT.TT.nnra  TOTE  After  the  clinker  on  hand  Is  all  ground  into 
GRIMING  PhAIIT  cement,  we  will  then  transfer  the  force  from 
the  chalk  plant  and  install  the  bins  and  the 
connecting  conveyors,  and  when  we  have  the  bins  over  the 
ttt.  that  we  will  «  »nlIo»  I=«4  to  »°»  «‘11’ 

we  expect  better  results. 

QUARRY  "A"  As  I  advised  you  before,  in  opening  up  this 
quarry,  we  have  had  to  take  a  considerable 
amount  of  the  low  grade  cement  rock,  so  that,  for  some  time 
past,  we  have  had  to  use  about  fifty  per  cent  (50,,)  of  Irme- 
stone  from  Oxford,  and,  as  this  condition  will  exist  at 

HRShomas  A.  Sdioo: 

-Eovember  15,  1916. 

times  until  we  get  the  new  quarry  opened  up,  we  decided  to 
put  in  a  conncoting  switch  and  go  after  the  limestone  lo¬ 
cated  next  to  the  dolomite  on  top  of  the  hill.  G**^  &&&. 

This  snitch  is  comploted,  and  during  the 
shut  down,  we  will  use  the  steam  shovels  to  do  the  neces¬ 
sary  stripping  and  open  up  an  approach  to  this  limestone. 

Our  tests  also  show  that  the  cement  rock 
located  next  to  the  carbonate  limestone  is  very  much  high¬ 
er  in  lime  than  the  cement  rock  nearest  the  creek,  so  that 
after  we  resume  operations,  we  will  he  able,  by  operating 
two  (2)  steam  shovels,  to  use  much  less  limestone  from 
Oxford,  and,  to  this  way,  get  a  better  raw  mix. 

We  have  been  particularly  handicapped  the 
last  sixty  (60)  days,  on  account  of  ihe  poor  quality  of 
the  cement  rock. 

V/e  had  the  matter  calculated  to  see  whether 
or  not  it  would  pay  us  to  dump  this  poor  rock,  but  found  it 
would  not. 

toother  reason  which  led  us  to  open  up  a 
at  fi,«  Junction  h.tne.n  «» 
that  in  owe  M  «.<*  1»™  a  aocl,  vi>i*  vail  put  «• 
„u,  of  .«-!..!«  »n  t„,  loner  1-1,  =•  =111  •«“  « 
to  50.  Wmolont  rod  to  .»<*  the  pl.nt  In  operation, 
running  the  ahovol  a*  an!  night  if  thin  guurrp  ia  op.noi 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  .Edison - #4 - Hovember  ID,  1910. 

jwTCin.-r.Tgi;  COAX-  When  I  looked  into  this  matter ,  I  f ound 
that  I  could  not  make  the  necessary  tests 
on  the  small  tube  mills  in  the  chalk  plant,  without  ma¬ 
terially  interfering  with  our  operations,  so  that  just  the 
moment  the  chalk  plant  is  closed  down,  we  will  start  in  and 
make  the  following  tests 

pTT?sm  Me  will  take  some  of  our  rogular 
mixture  of  seventy-five  per  cent 
(7555)  gas  and  twenty- five  per  cent 
(25?5)  anthraoite,  such  as  we  now 
send  to  the  kilns,  and  regrind  it 
to  leam  how  much  finer  one  of 
the  tube  mills  will  make  it. 

S300HP  V7e  will  take  some  straight  anthra¬ 
cite,  grind  it  by  itself  and  see 
what  results  we  get  at  a  given  out¬ 
put  per  hour. 

SIIIRD  We  will  take  a  mixture  of  fifty  per 
cent  (5055)  gas  and  fifty  per  cent 
(5055)  anthraoite  and  grind  it  to¬ 
gether.,  at  the  same  rate  of  output 
per  hour  as  test  $2 ,  and  find  out 
whether  the  combination  gives  us 
finer  coal  than  in  grinding  the 
anthracite  separately. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison - 

£. - Uovembcr  15,  191G. 

If  you  have  any  suggestions  in  the  way  of 
further  tests,  would  he  very  glad  to  have  them. 
n  X  E  0  R  1  It  is  our  intention  to  continue  operating 
at  Oxford  during  the  period  that  we  are 
making  the  changes  at  Hew  Village,  so  as  to  accumulate  a 
Btook  Of  limestone,  as  we  have  been  on  the  ragged  edge  with 
our  supply  of  limestone  during  the  last  four  (4)  months. 

0  0  ii  The  prices  of  gas  slack  are  still  from  Sin 

Dollars  { §6,00)  to  Eight  Hollars  (§8.00) 
per  ton,  f.  o.  b.  mines,  ’and  during  our  shut  down  period, 
we  propose  to  obtain  all  the  gas  slack  we  can  on  our  con¬ 
tract,  which  is  at  eighty  cents  (80,')  f.  o.  b.  mines,  and 
store  this,  so  that  we  will  have  somewhat  of  a  stock  when 
we  start  up.  This  will  be  necessary  to  take  cere  of 
troubles  we  have  had  this  winter,  due  to  shortage  of  cars, 
snow  storms,  etc. 

YJhile  the  changes  are  being  made,  I  expect 
to  to  .t  t».  tun*  praotleally  .11  th.  ttw>,  "ill  M«P 

you  aMised  o»  to  »«t  PW»B  *»  <“•  ' 

Yours  very  truly, 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Edison  lab orator, 
Orange ,  HEW  JERSEY. 

Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  m™£ 

1133  BROADWAY  barreI 


.  November  eighteenth 

19  16 


Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  N.  J. 



we  are  pleased  to  -call  your  attention  to 
another  advance  in  price,  which  was  made  effective  this 
week,  The  one  "fly  in  the  ointment"  is  (.he  uncertainty 
of  manufacturing  costs  for  noxc  year.  One  man  s  opinion 
is  about  as  good  as  the  other  man's  guess. 

vje  believe  the  contracts  we  have  booked 
give  us  the  back-log  necessary  to  providesufficient  ship- 
nents  to  secure  the  most  economical  nanufacoUj.  mg. 

The  unfortunate  part  of  the  present  method 
of  marketing  Portland  Cement  is  that  little  benefit  will 
be  directly  noticed,  or  receiv^dJ^ra-tnese-ad:^,^^^^ 
prices  until  next  Apil^or-May .  NX 

JX^s'Tt^will  interest  you  all  to  know  that  on<-J 

° r 

1  IU  r  ■  In  -.lev,  of  tXtevi  /llOl-  lonS.  lee".  ??■?» 

Ln|fc4:WnirigXcenfenfcnariufac|turers  las  a^ole,-Mejentxtlea.  y 
R,J>i)ihel  incr  ejaWe’dv feffi'ot to  mak'e  Wp  (for_rthe  ^manjr  ,lose^y  ,  ^ 
?egi s-tered^in  'the^past.—  —  X  "  ~ 

L-  9  1  7  DEMAND 

The  total  stock  of  cement  in  the  Lehigh 
Galley  and  New  York  State  Districtsisconsiderablylov/er 
than  at  this  period  last  year.  In  fact,  since  1  911, 
there  have  been  but  two  (2)  years  when  stock  sum  lower. 

Dn  the  other  hand,  very  heavy  bookings  have  been  maae  y 

practically  all  manufacturers,  and  there  is 

to  believe  that  19  17  will  be  a  nanufac turers  market . 

By  that,  I  mean  that  the  Manufacturer  will  at  last  ar 
rive  at  the  position  where  he  will  more  nearly  coni.: rol 
his  own  business,  instead  of  the  customer  dictating  th 

I  do  not  prophesy  a  shortage,  hv.t  there  will  he  no  great 


The  election  of  November  Vth  shows  that  bond 
issues  for  Good  Roads  were  approved  in  many  districts,  the 
most  notable  being,  the  approval  of  she  Egan  Sill  in 
Mpd  Jersev  providing  &7, 000, 000  for  permanent  roads.  A 
very  lar|e*pai't  of  this  money  will  be  spent  for  CONCRETE 
ROADS.  The  first  contracts  to  be  let  tinder  this  measure 
will  probably  be  awarded  in  the  first  half  of  1  9  1  7, 
which  means  an  increased  demand. 

California  approved  a  $15,000,000  bond. issue. 
In  addition,  several  counties  approved individual  levies; 
as,  for  instance,  Stanislaus  County  voted  $1,480,000. 

Dallas  County,  Texas,  approved  a  bond  issue 
of  $500,000  for  Good  Roads,  and  so  it  went  throughout  the 
entire  country. 

It  is  but  proper  merchandising  that  every 
person  interested  in  the  cement  industry  should  boost  for 
CONCRETE  ROADS  whenever  the  occasion  offers,  as  undoubted¬ 
ly  this  field  of  consumption  offers  great  possibilities  to 
the  cement  industry,  and  should  the  depression  which  will 
naturally  follow  the  close  of  the  European  war^extendoier 
any  considerable  period  of  time,  che  cement  consumption  by 
CONCRETE  ROADS  should  offset  the  slump  registered  m  gener¬ 
al  building  operations. 


VJhile  you  are  off  the  road,  you  will  have 
no  occasion  to  use  your  Ford  Cars  to  any  extent.  How¬ 
ever,  special  wort  may  come  up  from  cime  uo  time. 

Mr.  Mallory  suggests  the  following  in  con¬ 
nection  with  starting  Ford  Cars  in  cold  weather,  which  ex 
periment  he  has  proven: - 

Have  about  a  three-eighth  inch  bole 
drilled  into  the  intake  and  screw  in  a  cboru 
piece  of  pipe  (like  attached  sketch)  in  which 
a  pet  cock  has  been  put,  keep  pet  cock  ught 


so  that  it  will  not  work  open  and  let  in  air 
when  engine  is  in  operation. 

Get  a  pint  of  ether  from  a  drug  store  and 
mix  with  one  pint  of  gasoline,  so  as  vo  0e  l,  a 
50-50  mixture^  Keep  this  rr.ixture  in  a  glass 

bottle,  or  a  tighr  meral  can,  so  ^hat  uhe  ether 
v/ill  not.  evaporate;  otherwise  ohe  desired  r 
suits  will  not  he  obtained. 

Then  ready  to  start  car  when  engine  is  cold, 
-mt  the  <ras  and  spark  levers  on  steering  wheel 
in  same  fosition  as  you  would  put  them  inwarm 
weather;  then  open  pet  cock  and  pur  in  a  sm<J.l 
amount  of  50-50  mixture;  then  close  pet  cock  to 
keep  out  air;  then  pull  our  the  wire  handle 
which  o-oes  through  the  radiator  and  shut  off  ohe 
air  fr°om  ?he  carhurator  and  turn  the  engine  over 
by  hand  about  half  dosen  rimes  so  as  “O  o®*-  * 
rich  gas  mixture;  then  put  the  spark  switch  on 
sxl  spin  engine  a  few  times  when  engine  will 

A  little  experimenting  with  each  machine 
will  show  the  right  amount  of  the  50-50 
mixture  to  use. 

Ether  will  evaporate  much  faster  t  han 
gasoline  when  it  is  cold  and  makes  a  richer 

Hr.  Eassenplug  is  now  in  consultation  v.iuh  our 
advertising  Agents,  'Toodwards  Incorporated,  on  our 
Advex  will  probably  be  delivered  ro  you 

12,1  in  February  at  our  annual  meeting,  which  is  going 
to  he  mighty1  interesting .  Details  of  this  r,n  ering  will 

be  announced  later. 

V/e  have  recently  < 


sicterahle  interest , 

cuote  the  following 

50,000  Vbls. 
20 , 000  " 
20,000  " 
15,000  " 

10,000  " 

Apartment  Hotel  New  York 
Hotel  St.  Charles 
Hotel  Dupont 
State  Highway  Work 
Concrete  Sewer 

Buffalo,  H 

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The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSV1LLE,  N.  J.Nov.  88,  1916 
Mr.  Harry  P.  Miller,  Treae., 

Edison  Laboratory, 

Orange,  New  Jersey 
Dear  Mr.  Miller: 

Enclosed  please  find  Tax  Bill  for  1916  on  Egbert 
Church  Mineral  Right ,  from  William  A.  Plook,  Collector, 
Hackettstown,  N.  J. ,  which  is  all  right  to  pay. 

EHC :HKR  -  Eno. 


The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 


^^fiomabCl  Gjlohm 

STEWARTSVILLE,  N.  J.  Dec.  6 
Miller,  Treas, , 


Orange,  lTev/  Jersey 


X  ^lt  W  Re-lying  to  your  favor  of  November  29,1916, 
askiig (for  history  of  the  Egbert  Church  Mineral  Right 
on  wtjich  Mr.  Edison  pays  tax,  I  have  a  book  which  was 


formerly  used  by  Judge  Elliott  in  thematter  of  taxes 
on  various  properties  of  Mr.  Edison.  This  book  was 
turned  over  to  me  some  years  ago,  and  the  only  partic¬ 
ulars  I  have  of  said  Mineral  Right  is  a  page  in  said 
book  which  reads  as  follows: 

ii  1896 

Egbert  Church  Mineral  Right, 

Mansfield  Township,  Warren  Co.,  N.J. 

Owned  by  N. J.  &  Pa.  Cong.  Works  — 

Ho  Deed  yet" 

(Then  follows  the  Collector's  i 
time  and  the  assessment.) 

i  at  that 

Said  book  contains  a  considerable  list  of 
properties  Mr.  Edison  has  been  interested  in  from  time 
to  time,  most  of  which  have  been  sold  or  agreements, 
options,  etc.,  run  out. 

Two  or  three  years  ago  Mr.  Edison  went  over 
this  book  with  me  and  indicated  those  which  had  expired 

Mr.  jailer  -  2  -  12/6/16 

and  which,  should  he  cancelled,  etc;  hut  when  he  came  to 
this  Egbert  Church  Mineral  Right,  as  I  remember,  he  said, 
"You  had  better  let  this  go  for  the  time,"  —  or  some¬ 
thing  to  that  effect,  and  it  has  stood  open  on  the  book 
since  that  time.  Mr.  Edison  seemed  to  be  perfectly 
dear  about  the  property  at  that  time  and  can,  no  doubt, 
tell  you  all  about  it.  Mr.  Mallory  suggests  that  I 
refer  yoUJ  to  Mr.  Edison  in  the  matter. 

Regretting  that  I  do  not  know  more  about  the 
property,  I  remain 


Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

Deoember  eighth 
1  9  1 

Mr.  E.  H.  Car hart} 

Belvidere,  MEW  JERSEY. 

Dear  Sir: 

Please  note  attached  letter, from  Mr.  Edison, 
relative  to  taxes  on  the  Elbert  Church  Mineral  Right, 
which  he  doBS  not  wish  to  pay. 

What  steps  will  it  be  necessary  for  us  to  take 
to  have  this  right  cancelled?  It  occurs  to  me  that  we 
might  have  the  right  cancelled  of  record;  or  another  way 
would  be  to  let  the  taxes  remain  unpaid.  I  rather  dis¬ 
like;  however,  to  put  Mr.  Edison  in  a  position  of  being 
published  for  not  paying  taxes. 

^lease  look  into  the  matter  and  advise  me  as 
soon  as  you  have  the  information. 

Yours  very  truly, 



December  12,  1916, 

lir.  W.  s.  Malloyy,  Pres., 

Edison  Portland  Gement  Co., 

Mew  York,  M.  Y. 

Dear  Sir;- 

Re:  Egbert  Churoh  Mineral  Right, 
taxed  to  Mr.  T.  A.  JSdiBon. 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  8th  Inst., 
upon  inquiry  at  the  Warren  Co.  Clerk's  office,  I  found  a 
mineral  lease  from  the  Crane  Iron  Co.  to  the  N. J.  &  Penna. 
Concentrating  Works  dated  Aug.  6th,  1890,  to  run  for  twenty 
years,  whioh  you  will  observe  haB  expired. 

Ab  this  looked  to  me  like  the  property 
in  question,  I  went  this  morning  to  M±.  Bethel,  Mansfield 
Twp.,  N.J. ,  and  saw  the  assessor,  John  C.  Beatty,  who  was 
very  clear  about  the  whole  matter.  He  informed  me  that  the 
taxes  as  assessed  on  said  mineral  lease  was  the  one  described 
above,  also  that  he  did  not  know  why  Mr.  Edison  had  oontinued 
to  pay  tax  on  same,  and  that  as  I  had  informed  him  thht  the 
said  lease  expired  in  the  year  1910,  he  would  cross  it  off 
his  bookB  and  not  assess  it  again.  As  it  was  an  M.J.  &  Pa. 
matter,  thought  well  to  go  to  the  bottom  of  it.  He  says  if 
Mr.  Edison  does  not  care  to  continue  paying  tax  on  same,  he 
has  the  right  to  appeal,  and  rightfully  so.  The  time  for 

appeal  expires  Deo.  19th,  so  if  it  1b  thought  best  to  appeal 
it  will  have  to  he  done  before  that  time.  Of  course,  whoever 
goes  before  the  Equalization  Board  of  Taxes,  will  have  all 
sorts  of  questions  asked,  as  to  who  is  the  rightful  owner, 
to  whom  should  it  be  taxed,  if  anybody,  etc., 

he  the  assessor  agrees  to  drop  it  for 
the  future  voluntarily,  would  it  not  be  as  well  to  pay  the 
taxes  as  assessed  for  this  year,  and  thuB  make  an  end  of  it? 

The  present  owner  of  the  property  is 
Alexander  Force,  of  Newark,  N.  J. ,  who  oooupies  it  as  a 
summer  resort. 

I  understand  you  expect  to  be  here  on 
Thursday  of  this  week,,  and  can  explain  to  you  more  fully, 
which  will  be  in  time  for  me  to  put  in  the  appeal.  Thought 
best,  however,  to  give  you  thispadvanoe  report  promptly. 

Awaiting  your  pleasure, 

Yours  very  truly., 



Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

December-  twenty-second 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

I  have  been Aradi ing  Kiefer  and  Jayne  hard 
in  connection  with  the  chap:  plant  output,  and  beg  herewith 
to  hand  you  a  letter  whioM  explains  itself. 

The  criticisms  as  to  Mr.  VanZandt  of  the 
Allis- Chalmers  Company  aije  correct,  as  VanZandt  agreed, 
when  the  order  was  placed,  that  he  would  come  to  our  plant 
and  give  us  the  benefit  of  all  his  experience  in  adjusting 
the  mills  to  our  material,  VanZandt,  however,  went'  to 
Japan  and  has  not  yet  returned. 

The  last  tube  mill  in  the  chalk  plant  is  in 
its  bearing,  and  we  expect  to  grout  it  on  Saturday  and  have 
it  in  operation  some  day  next  week. 

Ultimately  we  expect  to  grind  our  chalk  84 


tkrou'-h  £00,  but  on  account  of  theAtrcaJ)le  which  we  have  had 
this  fall  with  the  old  cement,  I  am  insisting  that  the  finest 
be  kept  86$,  or  finer,  so  as  to  be  sure  that  the  clinker  will 
make  a  ouick  hardening  cement.. 

The  raonent  we  get  a  stock  of  the  new  cement 
sufficient  to  take  care  of  shipments,  we  will  reduce  the 
fineness  somewhat,  but'  I  think  it  is  wise  to  play  safe,  even 
though  our  chalk  output  is  reduced. 

j,fr .  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  EE"T  JER3ET. 

Tours  very  truly, 


'  The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSVILLE.  N.  J.  Dec.  20,  1916 

Mr.  \7.  S.  Mallory,  Pres., 

New  York  Office 
Dear  Sir: 

Your  letter  of  the  19th  on  Chalk  Tube  Mills  is 
at  hand.  In  reply  will  say  I  also  am  worried  not  about 
the  final  outcome  but  about  the  time  it  is  taking.  I 
am  satisfied  we  shall  get  the  output,  but,  so  far,  have 
not  had  enough  mills  in  to  warrant  making  the  ohanges  in 
position  which  I  propose. 

The  whole  thing  is  this:  I  do  not  believe  the 
Allis-Chalmers  Kfg.  Company  have  the  data  they  claim  and 
that  we  shall  have  to  work  the  Chalk  Plant  out  as  we  did 
the  Clinker  Plant.  My  reason  for  saying  this  that  they 
miscalculated  the  positions  of  the  partitions,  which  they 
admit,  and  they  also  miscalculated  the  weights  of  the 

To  make  this  clear,  I  enclose  a  pencil-sketch 
showing  the  relative  positions  of  the  partitions.  These 
are  crowded  closely  together  on  one  sheet  so  Mr.  Edison 
and  yourself  may  see  the  comparisons.  The  sketch  shows 
the  three  (3)  positions  they  have  arranged  for  and  a 



Mr.  Mallory  -  2  -  12/20/16 

fourth  position  which  I  propose  and  which  will  involve 
very  little  more  work  than  changing  from  one  to  another 
of  the  three  positions  the  mill  is  designed  for. 

That  Mr.  Edison  may  understand  fully,  it  is 
necessary  for  me  to  start  at  the  beginning  and  lead  up 
to  it,  even  at  the  risk  of  lengthy  discussions.  I  do 
not  wish  him  to  miss  a  point,  as  everything  is  working 
out  and  will  work  out. 

Referring  now  to  the  sketch,  will  say  when 
the  four  Clinker  mills  arrived  the  partitions  were  all 
in  the  first  position;  i.e.,  a  3»  6“  compartment.  Xle 
only  operated  two  of  them  a  couple  of  weeks  until  we  all 
agreed  the  position  of  the  partition  should  be  changed 
as  outputs  were  small  and  the  ball  compartment  was  con¬ 
tinually  choking  up  and  breaking  the  feeding  mechanism. 
Mr.  VanZandt  was  here  a  day  or  two  at  that  time,  and  he 
strongly  urged  putting  the  partition  in  the  second 
position;  i.e.,  4*  6V  As  he  would  not  stay  and  assume 
the  responsibility  (it  takes  4  or  5  days  and  costs  us 
about  $75,00  to  change  the  position)  and  as  we  needed 
the  cement  and  could  not  afford  the  delay  of  changing 
twice,  we  only  having  two  mills  set  up  at  the  time,  X 
used  my  own  judgment  and  changed  these  two  mills  to  the 
third  position,  considering  that  we  were  taking  less 

V/e  immediately  got  better  outputs  and  had  fewer 



Mr.  Mallory  -  3  -  .  12/20/16 

accidents,  tut,  of  course,  did  not  get  outputs  up  to  our 
present  mark  until  this  month,  when  we  got  fine  Tube 
Mill  chalk.  Several  weeks  ago  we  averaged  74.6  barrels 
per  hour  for  10  hours  and  last  night  from  midnight  until 
morning  we  averaged  75.6  barrels.  I  am  satisfied  that 
we  ought  to  try  changing  the  partitions  at  least  in 
one^mill!  but  it  is  not  advisable  to  do  it  until  we  get 
the  bin  overhead  and  get  a  uniform  feed  both  as  to 
regularity  and  grading  of  sizes.  If  we  changed  now, 
we  should  probably  have  to  change  again  after  the  bin  is 
in  use.  At  any  rate,  we  are  doing  fairly  well  there 
for  the  present  and  need  not  worry  until  we  can  make  the 
changes  more  intelligently. 

All  the  foregoing  discussion  was  necessary  in 
order  to  let  Mr.  Edison  know  what  we  learned  from  our 
Clinker  Plant  experience.  Mow  for  the  ChalkPlant. 

The  first  Mill  we  installed  had  the  partition 
in  the  2d  position.  We  put  it  in  that  way  to  save  time 
and  found  we  could  easily  choke  the  mill  in  the  ball  end 
even  when  keeping  fineness  up  to  86fS.  The  second  mill 
we  installed  we  changed  the  partition  to  the  3d  position. 
The  third  mill  we  left  as  it  was  in  the  2d  position 
owing  to  lack  of  time  and  men  and  the  necessity  of  get¬ 
ting  some-output .  The  fourth  mill  which  is  being  put  in 
now  has  partition  in  the  3d  position  as  we  had  it  changed 


Mr.  Mallory  -  4  -  12/20/16 

before  it  left  Milwaukee. 

Aa  it  stands  now,  we  have  two  mills  running 
with  partition  in  2d  position  and  one  mill  with  parti¬ 
tion  in  3d  position.  When  we  ran  one  mill  in  2d  posi¬ 
tion  and  one  in  3d  position  we  got  better  outputs  per 
hour  than  when  we  ran  two  mills  in  2d  position  and  one 
in  the  3d,  thUB  showing  that  the  two  2d  position  mills 
are  pulling  the  average  down.  We  have  no  means  of 
weighing  the  output  of  each  mill  separately,  but  our 
Log  shows  conclusively  what  is  happening.  Moreover, 
anyone  who  looks  at  the  feeders  can  Bee  that  the  Mill 
in  the  3d  position  is  doing  more  than  either  of  the  two 
in  the  2d  position. 

The  4th  mill  which  we  hope  to  have  running 
next  week  has  the  partition  in  the  3d  position  bo  we  will 
be  in  shape  to  run  testB.  I  am  satisfied  and  so  is  Hr. 

Doney  that  we  shall  have  to  change  at  least  two  of  these 
qa  o- 

mills.  This  can  be  done  when  we  have  4  mills  with  out 

hurting  us  too  much. 

So  far,  I  have  spoken  only  of  the  three  original 
Alii s-Chalmer  positions.  Onour  chalk,  however,  I  am 
satisfied  and  so  is  Mr.  Doney  that  we  should  make  the 
ball  end  or  preliminary  compartment  even  longer  than  the 
3d  position.  We  base  our  belief  on  the  fact  that  even 


Mr,  Mallory 

12/20 /IS 

when  the  one  mill  now  in  3d  position  is  grinding  86?$ 
fine  we  can  choke  the  hall  end,  thus  showing  that  it  is 
impossible  to  get  greater  output  by  reducing  the  fine¬ 
ness.  In  other  words,  the  ball  end  does  not  do  the 
preliminary  grinding  as  fast  as  the  finishing  end  can 
take  it  away. 

The  mill  is  not  properly  balanced  and  chokes 
up  frequently  in  ball  end.  Twice  this  morning  it 
choked  with  fineness  of  product  leaving  mill  86#  to 
87#.  When  we  consider  that  we  can  probably  run  84# 
fine,  it  seems  there  is  nothing  to  do  to  get  increased 
output  except  increase  the  preliminary  end  which  even 
now  will  not  do  as  much  as  the  finishing  end  will  finish 
86#  fine. 

The  thing  is  not  alarming.  It  is  Tirat  a 
mistake  of  Allis-Chalmers  in  figuring  the  grindability  of 
our  materials.  If  Van  Zandt  were  here  he  would  admit 
that  we  have  done  the  right  thing  in  the  Clinker  Plant 
in  going  to  their  extreme  positfcn  and  in  the  Chalk  Plant 
their  extreme  position  is  not  long  enough  but  we  can  make 
it  longer.  The  Mill  to  operate  properly  should  be  so 
balanced  that  the  preliminary  end  would  make  all  the 
finishing  end  will  take  whether  we  run  80#  or  86#  fine; 
and  as  it  is,  will  not  furnish  enough  even  on  an  86# 
basis  to  keep  the  finishing  end  busy. 


3£r.  Mallory  -  6  -  12/20/16 

I  am  glad  that  it  is  this  way,  as  we  know  it 
can  he  corrected.  This  will  he  done  as  soon  as  opera¬ 
ting  conditions  permit,  one  mill  at  a  time. 

Very  truly, 


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Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Edison  Pulverized  Limestone  Company  [not  selected]  (E-16-30) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
business  of  the  Edison  Pulverized  Limestone  Co.,  which  was  established  in 
1 914  to  market  the  byproducts  of  Edison's  cement  production.  The  documents 
for  1916  consist  primarily  of  meeting  announcements  and  letters  of  transmittal. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Edison  Star  [not  selected]  (E-16-31) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  relating  to  the  myth  that 
Edison  was  responsible  for  a  bright  light  appearing  in  the  sky  above  Menlo 
Park.  Edison  denied  responsibility  and  stated  that  the  light  was  the  planet 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Education  (E-16-32) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison’s  opinion  on  technical  and  otherforms  of  education  Some  of  the  letters 
contain  responses  by  Edison  recommending  specific  institutions  and  fields  of 

Approximately  15  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected^  The 
unselected  items  received  no  answer  or  only  a  perfunctory  reply  from  Edison. 

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If  you  can  find  a  few  leisure  moments,  I  should  1-ike  to 
inquire  of  you  what  recommendation  you  would  make  regard¬ 
ing  the  schooling  of  one  of  my  hoys.  I  have  ;fcwo  sons,  one 
of  which  is  going  to  College  at  the  present/time,  and  the 
other  I.  expect  to  send  also  when  the  time  ysomee,  which 
will  be  in  about  a  year  and  a  half  from  this  time.  He 
has  two  more  years  in  the  local  High  Softool,  and  I  have 
always  felt  that  there  is  a  very  good^field  in  the  elec¬ 
trical  naval  engineering  line. 

The  younger  son  is  mechanioally  inclined,  not  a  very  stu¬ 
dious  boy,  but  when  it  comes  to/mechanics,  he  is  always 
interested.  In  going  thru  the-'last  two  years  of  the  High 
School,  I  should  like  to  know  what  courses  you  would  rec¬ 
ommend  as  best  befitting  him  for  taking  up  the  course  to 
which  I  have  above  referred.  What  are  your  recommendations 
in  connection  with  the  same,  and  do  you  agree  with  me 
that  there  ie  a  good  field  for  a  young  man  in  electrical 
naval  engineering?  /.  • 

Assuring  you  of  my  appreciation  of  your  reply  in  con¬ 
nection  with  this  inquiry,  and  wishing  you  a  continuance 
of  prosperity/,'’  I  am, 

'  Yours  very  respectfully, 

HCSVH/  .  : 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Electric  Light  (E-16-33) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
electric  lighting  and  power.  Included  are  reminiscences  of  Edison’s  work  on 
electric  lighting  during  the  1880s,  along  with  offers  of  historic  equipment  of 
interest  to  him.  Also  included  is  a  letter  regarding  a  copy  of  Puck  from  1879 
containing  a  cartoon  drawn  by  Joseph  Keppler  entitled  "A  New  Light  to  the 
World."  Among  the  correspondents  for  1916  are  Harry  L.  Keefer  and  Samuel 
N.  Keefer  of  Sunbury,  Pennsylvania,  where  the  first  three-wire  distribution 
system  was  installed  in  1883,  and  William  S.  Andrews,  an  electrical  engineer 
who  was  closely  involved  with  the  Sunbury  central  station. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  documents  include  invitations  declined  by  Edison,  unsolicited  offers 
of  inventions  or  improvements,  and  technical  or  commercial  questions  that 
were  redirected  to  electric  companies.  Most  of  the  unselected  correspondence 
received  no  answer  or  a  form  letter  stating  that  Edison  was  no  longer  involved 
in  the  electric  lighting  business. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

West  Orange,  H.  J. 


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Mr.  ¥..  C.  ^ndrowe , 

Consulting  Engineering  department. 

General  Electric  Company, 

Schenectady,  if.  Y. 

My  dear  Mr.  Andrews; 

1  am  enclosing  herewith  t.  letter  from  Ur.  Harry 
1.  Eeefer  of  Sunbury,  da.,  v.hich  v.ill  explain  itself.  There  are 
some  questions  in  this  that  I  cannot  answer  satisfactorily,  and 
tir.  Edison  is  so  awfully  busy  1  ■  o  not  like  to  bother  him  if  it 
can  be  avoided,  you  are  one  of  the  heroes  of  Sunbury,  I  am 
venturing  to  trouble  you.  If  you  are  too  busy,  please  do  not 
hesitate  to  say  so,  and  send  the  letter  buc,.  &ai 4  1  will  hunt 
up  the  information.  X  hope  you  do  not  mind  being  troubled 
occasionally  with  an  inquiry  of  this  kind.  I  am  always  ready 
to  reciprocate  if  I  can. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  Harry  Reefer, 

464  Chestnut  street, 

Runbury,  Ha. 

Deer  Hr.  Heofor: - 

Aft  Mr.  Edison'  *  time  ift  entiroly 
occupied  at  present  on  very  important  matters,  he 
hae  referred  your  letter  of  the  End  innt.  to  me  for 
attention  and  reply.  I  wrote  up  The  Story  of 
Runbury  Station  for  "Popular  Eleotrioity"  and.  it  was 
published  in  Ho.  6  Vol.  Ill  September,  1910.  I 
will  enoloeo  a  typed  copy  of  this  paper  which  yon 
oan  beep  and  from  whioh  you  may  be  able  to  gather 
some  interesting  faote  for  your  proposed  artiole 
in  the  "Sunburian  High". 

Regarding  some  statements  in 
your  letter  that  are  not  covered  in  my  paper  will 
say  that  the  Sunbury  Central  station  was  the  first 
one  in  the  world  to  supply  electrio  light  by 
incandescent  lamps  on  the  Edison  three  wire  system, 
but  other  stations  operating  on  a  two  wire  system 
were  started  before  that  one  -  notably  the  station 
of  the  Hew  York  Edison  T,ight  Company  which  was 
formally  started  on  October  4th,  180?.,  ana  a  similar 
Edison  Station  was  started  in  London,  England 

a  fov,  months  earlier  in  the  8  a  me  year. 

Ihe  accident  to  the  ongineyin  Sunbury  Station 
occurrofl  on  the  night  of  July  3rd.  1883  v.hen  one  of 
the  babbit  bearings  of  the  Engine  was  melted  through 
an  insufficient  supply  of  oil,  but  by  strenuous  work 
it  was  put  into  running  order  again  before  the  next  morning. 

I  cannot  remember  why  Sunbury  was  selected 
for  the  first  installation  of  the  Edison  Throe  17 ire 
System,  nor  do  I  recollect  the  names  of  the  original 
Officers  of  the  Company,  but  I  believe  that  Mr.  Frank  lierr 
and  Mr.  P.B.Shaw  ysere  more  or  less  responsible  for  the 
choice,  and  that  they  were  both  financially  interested 
in  the  plant. 

The  early  carbon  filament  lamps  wore  naturally 
very  inferior  in  efficiency.  ,hality  of  light,  and  duration 
of  useful  life  to  our  modern  inoandeacents,  but  I  think 
you  have  rather  exaggerated  their  defects  in  your 
description  of  thorn. 

X  should  be  glad  to  Bee  the  copy  of  your 
"Sunburian  High"  that  will  contain  your  story  and  cordially 
wish  you  euooess  in  your  work. 

YourB  very  truly, 





(Copied  from  "Popular  Eleotrioity"  -  September ,1910. 
Volume  III  -  Ho.  5.) 

The  Story  of  Sunbury  Station 
By  W.S. Andrews 

Towards  the  olose  of  the  year  1882  Mr. 

T. A. Edison  requested  the  writer  to  have  some  teste  made  on 
a  new  system  of  eleotrioal  distribution  whioh  he  had 
invented.  Shis  was  no  other  than  the  famous  "three-wire" 
system  whioh  has  since  oome  into  almost  universal  use  where 
eleotrioity  is  distributed  for  light  ana  power  purposes. 

The  tests  desired  by  Mr.  Edison  were  simple, 
so  they  were  quickly  made  ana  the  results  were  found  so 
satisfactory  that  immediate  steps  were  taken  to  put  the 
new  system  into  oommeroial  service. 

The  pioturesque  little  oity  of  Sunbury  on  the 
Susquehanna  river  away  up  among  the  hills  of  Pennsylvania  was 
selected  for  the  plant,  and  a  force  of  workmen  was  sent 
there  early  in  1883  to  build  the  lighting  station,  ereot  the 
pole  lines,  ana  "wire"  the  stores  ana  dwellings. 

The  "station"  was  a  small  wooden  structure 
located  some  distance  from  the  business  center  of  the  town 
and  it  comprised  a  boiler  room,  engine  and  dynamo  room  and 
a  meter  room. 

The  boiler  was  of  the  Baboook  and  Y/ilcox  type 


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and  tho  generating  plant  eonsiotod  of  two  "X,"  dynaraon  bolted 
to  a  high  npood  Aroington  ft  Sian  engine,  the  total  oapaoity 
being  about  660  10-OHnrtle-power  inoandeBoent  lamps.  5h« 
"biifi-bare"  wore  made  by  straightening  out  Home  Ho.  ooo  ooppor 
wire  left  over  from  the  line  oonetruoticn,  nnfl  thene  wires 
were  fastened  to  the  vrood on  sheathing  on  the  station  walls  with 
iron  staple  a  without  sny  attempt  at  insulation  unfl  with  the 
fond  id an  that  thic  was  exactly  tho  right  thing  to  do.  She 
ewltahboarri  instruments  oonsieted  of  two  voltage  inftiaotora 
which  were  oonneotod  hy  "pressure  wires"  to  the  end  of  tho 
three -wire  "feeder"  where  it  joined  the  "swina"  at  the  center 
of  eleotrioal  difitributi  n,  aloo  one  nmr, ot«r  which  was  inter¬ 
polated  in  the  "neutral  bus"  to  shot  hor.  the  system  "bnlanoefl". 
Ac  compared  with  instrument/;  now  in  evr-ry  day  use,  these 
indloatore  were  of  orudn  oorsatmoti  on  and  doubtful  accuracy. 

Uhey  wore,  however,  the  very  beet  product  of  that  period,  having 
boon  designed  eopeoiaily  for  the  purpose  by  Sir.  OMaa.  L.  Olarke, 
end  node  by  Borgaann  ft  flo. 

The  installation  of  tho  eleotrioal  apparatus  was 
intrusted  by  .Jr.  Kdison  to  Meut.  y^.Bpregne  and  the  writer, 
and  the  v/erk  was  completed  on  July  4th,  1885.  :'Sr-  Edison 

had  arrived  fit  '-unbury  the  previous  day,  and  it  was  planned  to 
etart  the  eleotrio  lighting  plant  oommeroially  on  the  evening 

of  the  fourth. 


-  3  - 

About  6  p.m.  therefore  preparations  were  made 
for  starting,  hut  the  dynamos  refused  to  "pick  up."  "There 
must  he  a  loose  connection  somewhere,"  said  Mr.  Edison,  hut 
they  were  all  carefully  examined  and  found  tight  and  sound. 
Matters  began  to  look  rather  doubtful  for  "lighting  up"  that 
evening,  when  it  was  suggested  that  there  might  he  trouble 
on  the  outside  wires.  They  were  aooordingly  disconnected 
from  the  station  "bus"  and  the  engine  was  again  started. 

This  time  the  dynamos  worked  all  right,  proving  that  the 
trouble  was  outside  of  the  station.  Mr.  Edison  and  the 
"gang"  therefore  went  out  on  a  tour  of  investigation,  leaving 
the  writer  to  mind  the  station.  In  a  short  time  a  "cross" 
between  two  "feeder"  wires  was  discovered  and  quickly 
straightened  out.  Fortune  now  smiled  onus,  the  outside 
lines  were  again  connected,  the  lamps  in  the  station  oame 
steadily  up  to  candle  power  and  a  general  rush  was  made  "down 
town",  by  all  hands  that  could  be  spared. 

The  "City  Hotel"  was  the  largest  "wiring  Job" 
and  we  found  it  radiant  with  the  new  light.  Expeotaat 
excitement  had  given  place  to  loud  expressions  of  wonder  and 
delight  among  the  townspeople  who  thronged  the  hotel,  and 
thus  was  the  first  Edison  three-wire  central  station  started 
up con  the  Fourth  of  July,  1883,  amid  the  firing  of  cannon 
oraokers  and  other  pyroteohnioal  displays  common. to  that  day. 

Mr..  Edison  remained  in  Sunbury  for  about  a  week 
after  the  starting  of  the  station,  to  give  instructions 
regarding  the  handling  of  his  new  electrolytic  meter  and  to 


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ant  Off.  ».  .»  -*«  —  »  “»  «“'5  ’"5" 

M  fount  that  the  "**•«"  ««•  «“*  “ 


not  far  from  being  oorreot. 

like  many  of  the  earlier  of  the  Edison  stations, 
the  Sunbury  plant  ms  started  at  sundown  and  ran  until 
daylight,  thus  saving  the  expense  of  paying  two  shifts 

engine  and  dynamo  attendants.  , 

At  this  time  (1883)  no  such  fittings  as  "fixture 
insulators"  were  known  and  it  was  common  practice  to  fasten 
the  electric  wires  to  the  outside  of  gas  fixtures  with  tape  or 
string  and  connect  to  sockets,  which  were  screwed  to 
'  attachments  held  in  "lace  under  the  gas  burners.  Rubber 
insulated  wire  was  unknown,  cotton  covered  wire  soaked  in 
paraffin  or  coated  with  white  lead  being  all  that  was 
available.'  The  latter  was  commonly  ternmed  "Underwriters' 
although  it  was  occasionally  called  "Undertakers' 

wire"  by  would-be  humorists. 

The  insulation  of  these  wires  was  naturally  rather 

weak  ana  it  wae  no  uncommon  occurrence  to  see  bright  P 
snap  between  a  gas  fixture  and  the  attached  wire  during 
a  thunderstorm,  to  the  astonishment  and  alarm  of  the 

Shortly  after  the  Sunbury  station  was  started 

heavy  — *  "" 
ra.h.d  1*.  «“  ™l*  **■ 

...  at  «»  S"*"4  “*  "01t7  “  ’ 

«,  o«  nr..  «“  10'*  ~  ln  f 

.her..  H.  MU  «•  »re,  ah.  His  *»*•  ■*■»«»« 


-  6  - 

out  in  the  street,  exposure  to  the  puuring  rain 
being  considered  vastly  preferable  to  being  burnt 
up  by  electricity. 

Going  into  the  Hotel  Office,  bright  sparks 
were  observed  at  short  intervals  snapping  between 
the  gas  fixtures  and  the  eleotric  wires.  One  or 
two  "short  oirouite"  at  weak  spots  haa "blown"  a  few 
fuses,  but  the  points  of  low  insulation  being  thuB 
eliminated  no  further  damage  was  done,  and  the 
snappy  sparks  were  harmless. 

The  writer  after  taking  in  the  situation 
went  out  and  assured  the  crowd  that  there  was  no 
danger  to  be  feared  from  the  eleotrio  eparks  around 
the  fixtures,  so  with  some  trepidation  a  few  of  the 
bolder  spirits  ventured  into  the  hotel.  Some 
explanations  naturally  were  requested  and  in  order 
to  restore  a  measure  of  publio  confidence  in  the 
eleotrio  wiring,  which  was  naturally  blamed  for 
the  soare,  the  writer  had  to  strain  his  conscience 
to  some  extent  in  stating  that  the  hotel  had 
certainly  been  struck  by  the  lightning,  anyhat  in 
all  probability  it  would  have  been  burnt  toW*4 
had  it  not  been  protected  by  the  eleotrio  wires,  which 
provided  an  easy  passage  for  the  lightning  to  the 

This  incident  was  reported  to  Mr.  Edison 
and  it  led  to  the  Invention  of  "insulating  joints" 


-  7  - 

by  our  late  lamented  friend  Mr.  Luther  Steringer.  These 
Joints,  being  sorewed  between  the  grounded  pipes  and  the 
gas  or  eleotrio  fixtures,  prevent  the  leakages  whioh  so 
muoh  alarmed  our  friends  in  Sunbury.  In  various 
ahhpes  ana  sizes,  but  with  no  important  improvements 
these  insulating  Joints  are  still  universally  employed, 
their  use  being  stringently  enforoed  by  the  national 
Board  of  Underwriters. 

The  interior  wiring  of  the  Sunbury  eleotrio 
lighting  station,  including  the  running  of  three-wire 
feeders  the  entire  length  of  building  from  baok  to 
front,  the  wiring  up  of  dynamos  and  switchboard  ana 
all  instruments  together  with  busbars,  etc.,  in  fact 
all  labor  and  material  used  in  the  electrical  wiring 
installation  mounted  to  the  sum  of  §90,00.  The 
writer  reoeived  a  rather  sharp  letter  from  the  Hew 
York  Offioe,  expostulating  on  this  "extravagant 
expenditure,"  ana  stating  that  greater  eoonomy  must 
be  observed  in  the  future!  Our  ideas  of  expense 
have  undergone  considerable  expansion  sinoe  the  early 
days  of  the  Sunbury  plant.  • 

The  two  "L"  dynamos  originally  installed 
on  this  plant  gave  regular  commercial  service  for 
about  20  years,  and  were  then  set  aside  for  occasional 
use  as  spare  machines.  Together  with  the  original 
Armington  &  Sims  engine,  they  we re  sent  to  the  St.  Louis 
Exposition  in  1904  and  formed  an  interesting  item  in  the 


"Collection  of  isaieonia-'  there  exhibited.  IHey 

„„  p».0«i=»W  «  «  n™1141” 

„  .non  «,  «  «»«  *“"*„oW  t.  «»  «* 

original  Edison  ajno»o«  ”“«» 
f„  long  eervloe  rattan  «.«  *«r 

Mr.  IV.  E.  Andrews, 

Consulting  Hnr inner lug  Department, 

General  Electric  Company, 
chenectady ,  ii.  1. 

My  dear  Mr.  .■.ndrews : 

1  take  plonsure  in  acknowledging  the  receipt 
of  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  17tli  instant,  in  which  you  re¬ 
turn  the  letter  from  Mr.  Harry  hoofer  and  copy  of  your  reply. 
nj,e  reply,  and  copy  of  the  paper  are  very  interesting  indeed , 
and  I  am  going  to  preserve  them  in  my  files  for  future  ref¬ 
erence.  Please  accept  my  sincere  thanks  for  the  trouble  you 
have  takon  in  the  matter,  and  also  for  sending  me  the  copies 
of  the  letter  and  paper. 

I  am  sorry  for  the  reason  which  prevented  you 
from  boinp  present  at  the  Banquet  of  the  Illuminating  engineer¬ 
ing  Society,  and  trust  that  you  have  made  a  good  recovery  from 
the  attack  of  Grippe.  Let  me  say,  by  the  way,  that  the  Banquet 
was  not  given  in  honor  of  Hr.  Edison's  birthday,  but  was  the 
regular  Banquet  of  the  Illuminating  Engineering  society,  and 
they  took  occasion  to  tender  to  Mr.  Edison  an  Honorary  Member¬ 
ship  in  the  Society.  It  was  a  very  nice  affair,  and  I  think 
everyone  enjoyed  it. 

y.ith  kind  regards,  and  all  good  wishes,  I  re- 

Yours  vory  truly. 



¥  CC  «TLI 

Thomas  A.' Edison, 

Menlo  Parle,  IT.  J. 


Dear  Sir:  ~T7  -vu-^kx,  ^  •  - 

She  enclosed' copy  oia  letter  to  Ogden  Mills  is  • 
sent  you  in'  the  hope  that  it  will ' interest  you  not  only 
from  a' sentimental ,  hut  from  an  historical  and  a,  tech¬ 
nical  viewpoint.  ftfjc 

The  electric  industry  is  so  new  that  we  are 
yet  in  a  position  to  icnof  the  life  of  engines  and  dyna¬ 
mos.  These  two  dynamos  were  made  by  you  before  you 
moved  your  factory  to  Schenectady,  The  engines  are  the 
original  ones  v/  were  installed  in  the  Mills  Building 
by  George  3.  Post,  the  famous  architect. 

>.  not  / 

These  are  referred  to  in  my  paper  "The  Life  of  Build¬ 
ing  Power  Plants,"  delivered  two  years  ago  before  the 
American  Society  of  Heating  and  Ventilating  Engineers,"  in 
which  I  spoke  of  them  as  the  oldest  engines  and  dynamos  in 
Hew  York  City  -  if  not  in  the  world. 


,X'  am.^salli'hg  your  attention  to  this  fact  in  the  hope  ' 
that"  you'  could'  lila'ce  one  of  these  units  in  one  of  your  fac¬ 
tories,  ware-houses  or  laboratories  end  arrange  to  have  it 
operated.  The  voltage  i-S  11 5 . 

It  is  niy  sincere  belief  that  these' are  the  oldest  elec¬ 
trical  generating  units  in  the  world,  for  had  it  not  been  so, 
-I-  ’am  sure -I  would  have  received  denial  of  the  statement,  as  my 
•  paper  making  this  claim  was  published  or  reviewed  in  the  fol¬ 
lowing  newspapers  and  periodicals : 

Journal  of  American  Institute  of  Architects 
Power  -  Review 
Power  -  Editorial ' 

A.S.H.&  V.E.  -  Advance  Pamphlet 
»  "  -  Transactions 

Real  Estate  Magazine 
Building  Management 
Isolated  Plant 
Rational"  Engineer 
Practical  Electricity 
Scientific  American 

Thomas  A.  Edison  page  two 

Engineering  Hews 

Internation  Steam  Engineer  -  Printed  in  full 
"  '  "  "  -  Editorial 

Year  Pooh  -  H.  Y.  S.  Architects 
Record  and  Guide 

"L'efax"  Engineers'  Pocket  Book 
Popular  Electricity 
Hew  York  Sunday  V/orld 



i-wril  eighteenth, 

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*  d°f .Sn »•»  «» • 

doavor  aacTi  Ohriatuao 

oavUrof  ffltt  yc**».  -murG  thcy  0,0 

./cy  to^t  uIa  ,fnn  doing. 

,o  are  given  to  j'.o  in 
bo  rasnonoible  for 

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_ ,oc;>t)i  lynr.rioo  ■•hloh 

i ,  will  nhuy  about 
ivo  old  no’v . 

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oJ run  before  they  jfoototllt^d'in 

thoirtnoi°ho«e.  and  trust  their  future  life 
‘iu  bo  not  o.,ly  a  useful  but  a  hsvT>y  one. 

:.r>nr eolation,  1  roinain. 

,io at  cordially  youro, 

much  perhaps  as  it  Till  you. 

The  apparatus  in  now  in  the  basement  of  the  Kills 
Bldg.  15  Broad.  St,  II. Y. ,  and  can  he  removed  only  between 
Saturday  at  1:00  P.K.  and  Monday  at  7:®0  A.!'.  any  weelc 
within  the  month  of  May. 

This  apparatus  is  ray  property,  and  I  do  not  wish  to  sell 
it,  but  to  loan  it  to  you,  give  it  tb  you,  or  lease  it  to 
you,  on  such  terms  that  I  can  visit  it  yearly,  and  talce  visitors 
to  see  it,  or  send  visitors  to  see  it. 

Trusting  that  you  can  transfer  it  in  the  r 

and  with  best-,  wishes,  I  remain  Sincerely  yy( 

CMR/R  _  " 




May  fifth. 
19  16 

to*  e"tj 

f]  .L/Sfif**,  l'“"' 

Hr*  Thos.  A*  Edison, 


Orange ,  H .  J. 

Hear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Since  writing  you  about  tlxe  old  engine  and  dynamo 
at  The  Hills  Building,  which  you  are  going  to  put  in  service  for 
the  balance  of  its  life,  I  have  received  a  call  from  the  manage¬ 
ment  of  the  building,  requesting  that  the  apparatus  be  removed  at 
the  earliest  possible  moment,  to  make  room  for  some  additional 

TW  further  inform  me  that  it  can  be  removed  any  evening, 
Beginning  about  4:00  P.H.  Also  that  Mr.  Richard  Doughty,  truckman 
and  rigger  of  181  liberty  St.  has  made  an  estimate  for  removing 
one  of  these  engines  and  dynamos  and  setting  it  up  at  The  Aquarium 
in  Battery  Park. 

It  might  save  time  and  money  possibly,  if  you  got  in  touch 
with  Mr.  Doughty,  and  had  him  take  charge  of  your  interests. 

Hoping  that  this  request  of  the  Mills  Building  will  not  in¬ 
convenience  you,  and  with  kindest  regards,  believe jne,  I  am 

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Installation  in  Sunbury  of  first  three  wire 

1  ”  .  ' 

Prom  "Sunbury  Daily  Item", 



May  20/16  p.  7.  Ool.  3  line  36.  I  think  that  the  date  1897 
is  questionable,  inasmuch  as  Raison  solved  the  problem  of 
using  110  volt  lamus  in  1883,  In  all  other  points  the 
article r  anpears  to  be  well  written  and  correct. 

May  24/16  p  6.  Col.  1  -  par.  2  from  bottom.  I  never  heard 
of  the  "glass  compartment"  in  Sunbury  Station.  What  or  who 
is  the  souroe  of  this  information?  I  think  it  is  all 
a  myth. 

Same  column  as  above.  7T~ lines  from  bottom  "Lieutenants" 

should  be  printed  in  the  singular  not  plural.  W.S. Andrews 
is  not  a  lieutenant.  " 

Col,  2  3rd  paragraph  from  bottom  of  page  Thomas  Oonand ,  should 
be  "the  late  Thomas  Conant". 

May  25th/16  page  6  paragraph  6  from  top  of  page"fedeer" 
should  be  "feeder" 

May  29/16  page  2  Col.  1  paragraph  4  line  1  "Bute" should 
be  "jute". 

Same  column  line  14  from  bottom  of  page.  Two  wordB  are 
omitted  as  followe  in  brackets  -  The  (man  they)  thought,  etc. 

C01.  2  -  6th  line  from  top  -  Edison  chemical  meters  were 
never  knovn  as  "disc"  meters. 

May  30/16  page  4  Col.  4  paragraph  5  line  3  - 
snaping  should  be  snapping 

I  cordially  congratulate  the  Sunbury  Daily  Item  on 
the  publication  of  a  rather  difficult  Btory  with  so  few 

Schenectady,  il.Y.  T/.S. Andrews. 

June  12th, 1916 

Bear  Sir: 

As  outcome  of  your  com^nioation  ofjov  ”Sn 

reply  to  my  ooimnunioation  to  Mr.  J.  V.  I.ill  advising  that 

sockets  for  incandescent  lamps,  take  the  for  additions 

Mr.  J.  \7.  Bi  eh  of  Irving  Piace  Hew  York ;  to  ^  incanieB. 

to  the  Edisonia  CoUection  not  only  vn  fixture,  wire  re- 

oent  wooden  socket,  hut  also J^and  also  in  addition  to  this  a  cast 
fleeter  holder  a*aJj;n  oflikedepth,  containing  huilt 

Ssr"  three'point  contact:  also  sh 

pieces  of  original  wiring  attached. 

W  firtw..  »«•  "f/SfSSS  iSSST“  o«  JS«- 

completion  of  this  fa  t?nc?ion  of“t ing  the  f  irst  factory  in  the 
standing  gave  us  uhe  With  incandescent  lamps.  With 

State  of  Connecticut  to  ®®  aeBoent  light  burning  over  the 

the  exception  of  a  one  only  it  were  theftrst  to  use  such  ilium- 

entrance  of  the  Heublein  Ho  el^  we  writer  doeB  not  speak  from 

ination  in  the  City  of  mrtfoi  .  records  and  which  he  has  no 

personal  knowledge  hut  to  reply  to  my  letter  to  Mr. 

reason  to  douht.  As  you  were  so  kindas^o  rep  |diflQn  waB  lnterested 
Miller  and  nfr02 houehtnoi seihly these  details  .might  he  of 

^ngln^^^  of  writing  you  and  we 

noerely  yours, 

‘Assistant  Treas. 

Decombor  19,101G. 

Lir.  J.  A.  Hoborts.  - 

Assistant  treasurer. 

The  Saith-Viorthington  Co., 

Hartford,  Conn. 

Dear  Clr:- 

I  beg  to 'thank  you.  for  your  favor 
of-tho  14th  lactam,  and  am  glad  to  learn  that 
Hr.  Llob  accepted. the  items  mentionod  for 
additions  to  the  Edisoniu  Collootion. 

This  ic  very  intores ting,  and  I 
appreciate  your .  l-;indnoec  in  offering  the'  same 
and  also  in  advising  mo  ao  to  the  final  dis¬ 
position  of  name  . 

Tours  vqry  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Hdison.  . 

a/164o: . 

See. ,  30,  1916. 

Ur.  W.  A.  Ueadoworoft, 
Llewelyn  Parle,  Eaat  Orange, 
Hew  Jersey, 

Dear  Sirj- 

Mr.  T.  C.  Martin,  Secretary  of  the  National  Eleotrio 
light  Association,  has  asked  us  to  compile  some  data  dealing  with 
the  past  history  of  lnoandesoent  lighting,  and  having  referenoe 
partloularly  to  the  economy  of  light  production. 

The  economy  of  light  production  Is  fundamentally  a 
function  of  the  oost  of  current  and  the  cost,  efficiency  and  life 
of  the  lamps.  It  oooured  to  us  that  it  would  he  interesting  in  this 
connection  to  oolleot  and  summarize  the  recollections  of  thOBe  who 
have  been  Intimately  associated  with  the  lnoandesoent  limiting  industry 
for  a  considerable  length  of  time,  and  It  1b  with  thlB  thought  in  mind 
that  we  ask  you  to  give  us  on  the  accompanying  form  your  recollection 
of  the  prloe,  operating  efflolenoy  and  life  of  the  16  o.p.  oarbon 
lamps  in  the  years  1885,  1890,  1895  and  1900  respectively.  A  resume 
of  any  old  records  of  the  figures  in  question  would  alBO  be  most 
highly  appreciated. 

Any  assistance  you  may  render  in  thiB  research  will  be 
very  gratefully  received. 

Yours  very  truly, 



January  t,  1917 

IJr.  II.  D.  Cooler, 

Engineering  Eopartnenl, 
national  Lamp  Viorhs 

Of  Gcnoral  Electric  Co., 

Ilola  Earle,  Clovoland,  Ohio. 

Doer  Sir:- 

I  ons  in  foc&ipl  of  your  favor  of  the  30th. , 
ultimo,  -anil  a,-.i  sorry 'to  £uy  that  1  oonnot  ho  of  much 
assistance  to  you  in. regard  to  tho  data  on  incandes¬ 
cent  lanpc.  I  have  put  down  tho  figuroc  on  the  ae- 
eonwanying  shoot  to  tho  boat  ,>f  ny  roeollootion. 
Ihoso  figures  aro  only  in  relation  to  the  years  10(30 
and  1890.  as  to  tho  othor.  yaars  mentioned.,  I  have 
no  roeollootion  at  all,  as.  I  was  not  connectod  with 
tho  handling,  of  the  standard  lamps  at  those  times. 

I  an  very  sorry  that  tho  information  I  can 
give  is  so  meagre.  - 

•  El'  •  2,  E.  Uj  ton  whoso  pro&ont  address  is’ 

9  Clinton  (Street,  ilev.urh,  li'.J,  could  probably  furn¬ 
ish  v.ith  roliablo  data.  I  would  cargos t  also 
Ur.  Charles  Healey  of  the  lamp  V.orhs  at  Harrison. 
11. .  A.  1).  i-age  could  furnish  a  great  deal  of  data 
from  tho  yoor  1090  onward.  You  could  also  obtain 
a  good  dosl  of  roliublo  information  from  tho  How 
York  Edison  Co.,  and  probably  from  bur  old  friond 
Sr.  t. i Andrews  at  the  Eehoueotady  wor’ts. 

.  Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison. 

;  i A/1787. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Electric  Pen  [not  selected]  (E-16-34) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  relating  to  Edison’s 
electric  pen.  The  documents  for  1916  consist  of  a  letter  requesting  a  picture  of 
Edison's  1877  electric-needle  duplicating  machine,  along  with  a  reply  stating 
that  none  was  available. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Employment  (E-16-35) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  employment  in  Edison's 
laboratory  and  factories.  Many  of  the  documents  for  1916  pertain  to  his  need 
for  chemists  for  his  wartime  work  on  coal-derived  products.  Included  are 
applications  from  college  students  who  were  subsequently  offered  positions, 
along  with  letters  from  applicants  referred  to  Edison  by  his  friends  or  business 
associates  and  a  few  reference  letters  for  departing  employees.  Also  included 
is  correspondence  on  general  labor  issues  such  as  training,  strikes  at  Edison  s 
factories,  pensions,  public  health  and  medical  care.  Some  of  the  documents 
concern  the  hiring  of  James  T.  Phelan  to  replace  Wilfred  S.  Dowling  as 
manager  of  the  Aniline  Division.  In  addition,  there  are  requests  for  financial 
assistance  from  film  actor  Edwin  Clark  and  from  the  family  of  Edison’s 
chemical  consultant  Jonas  W.  Aylsworth,  who  died  in  June  1916.  One  letter 
contains  a  draft  response  by  Edison  denying  the  allegation  that  he 
discriminated  against  Jews  in  his  hiring  practices,  while  several  other  letters 
contain  derogatory  remarks  about  a  Jewish  applicant  whom  Edison 
subsequently  decided  not  to  hire. 

Approximately  15  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  requests  for  employment  from  men  and 
women  of  widely  varying  ages  and  backgrounds.  Most  of  these  requests 
received  no  answer  or  a  form  letter  stating  that  there  were  no  positions 
currently  open.  Also  not  selected  are  letters  from  Edison  to  more  qualified 
applicants,  explaining  that  he  needed  organic  rather  than  inorganic  chemists, 
stating  that  he  did  not  hire  for  summer  work  only,  or  requesting  a  photograph 
of  the  applicant.  Other  unselected  documents  include  letters  from  current  or 
past  employees  seeking  financial  support,  requests  for  verification  of 
employment  history,  letters  of  introduction,  requests  for  career  advice,  declined 
job  offers,  and  reminiscences  from  individuals  who  claimed  to  have  worked  for 
Edison  at  some  point  in  the  past. 

Jon.  tth.  1916, 

•Mr.  H.  Lindsley, 

13  Cedar  iitreot, 

Schenectady,  H.  Y. 

hear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  first  instant 
was  received,  and  I  have  shown  it  to  ;,lr . 
Edison.  He  wishes  me  to  say  that  at  the 
present  time  wo  have  very  little  glass  blow¬ 
ing  done  here,  and  do  not  need  a  regular 
man  for  that  purpose.  iVo  will  keep  your 
letter  on  file,  however,  for  further  reference. 
Yours  very  truly, 

.assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 



.January  8th,  1916. 

Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadoworoft ,  Seo'y 
Edison  laboratory. 

Orange,  31.  J, 

Dear  Mr.  Meadoworoft: - 

Mr.  H.R.lindsley,  who  has  bee/  doing  my 

;  n ur  generally  in 

experimental  glass  blowing  and  assisting 
the  laboratory  is  now  leaving  to  take  a  bitter  and  more 
responsible  position  in  the  Toronto  University.  He  has, 
however,  a  very  strong  ambition  to  get  employment  in 
Mr.  Edison's  laboratory  and  he  recently  wrote  you,  asking 
if  there  was  any  ohanoe  for  him  to  get  a  job  there, 

Mr.  lindsley  is  an  expert  worker  in  glass,  besides  which 
he  understands  the  handling  of  air  pumps  and  other  laboratory 
apparatus,  so  that  he  is  competent  to  be'oome  a  general 
laboratory  assistant  and  this  ability  together  with  his 
expert  knowledge  of  glass  working,  should  make  Mb 
services  valuable  where  there  is  not  quite  enough  glass 
work  to  keep  a  man  regularly  employed  thereon.  I  hope 
you  will  kindly  remember  Mr.  lindsley' s  application  and 
advise  him  if  any  opening  offers  his  employment  in  the  near 
future  in  Mr.  Edison's  laboratory* 

Mr.  lindsley  will  probably  write  you  again 
on  his  arrival  in  Toronto  and  let  you  know  his  address  there. 


With  my  kind  regards,  I  remain 

Jan.  11th.  1916. 

Ur.  V..  S.  --ndrows, 

$_  Consulting  Engineering  Department, 

General  Electric  Company, 

Schenectady,  H.  Y. 

My  dear  I,lr.  Andrews: 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  esteemed 
favor  of  the  (3th  instant  in  regard  to  Ur.  H.  fi. 
Lindsley,  and  have  consulted  with  Ur.  Edison  in 
regard  thereto.  Ho  says  that  he  has  not  enough 
work  of  this  nature  to  keep  one  man  busy.  How¬ 
ever,  he  does  not  know  how  soon  an  occasion  might 
arise  when  hw  would  require  a  good  man  of  this 
kind,  so  he  has  asked  me  to  keep  your  letter  on 
file  for  future  reference. 

»ith  kindest  regards,  I  remain. 
Yours  very  truly. 

TUo \XAAO  t 


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Boston,  Macs. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  17th  instant  to 
Mr.  Kdison  has  boon  received.  He  niches  us 
to  cay  that  he  hac  no  position  open  in  the 
Chemical  i.orke,  but  if  you  wish  to  go  into  his 
Chemical  experimental  laboratory  here  at  Orange 
he  could  ctafjfe  you  at  .12.  per  week, 
ilease  advise  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 


i<ir.  Kdison. 

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/v]r  Thomas  Cl .  <£c/ison. 

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V  l  Kvv%  w* 

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neotea  with  and  has  done  consider 

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ability,  his  chemical  oapahility^i^f^,^e^mahl^^»^^i^^^ 
a  good  man  to  supervise  and  speo^PEhe  machinery 

Will  you  kindly  tell  us  your  expedience  withjiim  nnd 
your  opinion?  Whatever  yon  say,  will  he  consider^tf^trictly 
confidential.  Jr 

Thanking  you  in  advance  and  with  the  assurance  of  our 
highest  respect,  we  remain. 

Yours  very  truly, 




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Mr .  Hayes : 

As  you  are  aware ,  v.o  have  a  number  of  new  men  who  have 
recently  come  into  tho  organization,  i'hoy  have  never  Been  the 
line to phone,  ana  many  of  them  havo  nevor  heard  tho  Diamond  DIeo 

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of  the  Xinotophone  next  wodnesaay  at  12:30.  If  convenient  to  you 
to  attend  at  that  time  and  play  a  few  good  records  for  us,  I  think 
v;o  could  kill  two  birds  with  one  stone. 

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for  a  one  o'clock  lunch  afterward.  I  supposo  you  will  be  willing 
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April  22nd,  1916. 
Tufts  College,  Mass. 
52  West  Hall. 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
.  OrangE,  N.J. 

Dear  Sirs, 

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4dr%\$f%A~  '**^*^' 

In  introducing  myself'  I  will'  say  that  I  am  ajs^rflor  ax 

epiy^sflitarested  in 

Tufts  College,  Chemistry  Department.  I  am  deeply 
the  branch  of  Organic  §hemistry  that  deals  with 
tar  products  and  in  Dyestuffs  themselves. 

If  there  should  be  an  opening  in  your  plaoe  in  June 
I  wpola  undertake  to  fill  it  efficiently. 

Recommendations  can  be  obtained  from  the  professor 

in  charge. 

Yours  faithfully?; 


April  29,  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

Mr.  Kammerhoff  has  just  advised. me  that  the  strike  at  his 
plant  has  been  settled,  on  the  following  basis:  f  ' 

Men  who  have  been  getting  22  1/2/  an  hour  will  got  26/ 

,  per  hour,  thereby  placing  them  on  the  same  basis  as  employees  at 
the  Anilino  plant. 

Men  who  are  now  getting  20/  per  hour  will  get  22  1/2,4 

per  hour. 

Be.  men  ,111  ho  .started  at  22  »"  ”°"r  onl  “It0r 

having  Been  In  o.r  employ  immmU.  »»  *“  "*  »" 

hour.  „  , 

this  settlement  of  th«  mottsr  Is  along  t.lio  H»«  lnl1- 
eated  in  memorandum  mhloh  I  Sent  to  Kr.  fammerhoff  and  »hloh  .as 
apuroved  by  you. 

lir.  Kammerhoff  has  arranged  so  that  rart  of  the  men  =111 
start  In  Sunday  night,  part  B.nday  and  the  on  Tuesday  morn- 

cir/rvw  c.  u.  ^.  • 

cc  to  Ur.  Charles  Edison  and  Mr.  Ka  ibert.  . 



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ffletoratum  of  Habof 

Newark,  New  Jersey 
May  let,  1916. 

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J.VL  oU*-r  ~~y 

A  committee  of  Transfer  Pressmen  of  the  fourth  floor 
of  bulletins  #24  came  to  me  this  morning  and  stated  that  they  ~ 
had  submitted  the  enclosed  letter  embodying  demand's  for  an  vv 
increase  of  wages  to  Mr.  Chas.  Kioher,  Superintendent,  and 
that  he  refused  to  take  any  notice  of  the  same,  and  that  in 
consequence  of  hie  action,  a  number  of  the  men  walked  out  of 
the  factory.  They  requested  me  to  respectfully  appeal  to  you 
to  take  up  their  case  as  the  higheot  wages  these  men  can  make, 
they  claim,  is  $12.00  per  week  and  frequently  less,  and  as  a 
number  of  them  are  married  men  with  families  it  is  almost  im¬ 
possible  for  them  to  support  their  families  on  the  amount  of 
money  they  can  earn.  I  would,  therefore,  respectfully  request 
that  you  give  the  enclosed  letter  of  the  men  due  consideration 
as  the  work  they  have  to  perform  and  the  intense  heat  they 
work  in,  is  suoh  that  they  are  in  my  opinion  entitled  to  an  in¬ 
crease  in  wages. 

ry  truly  yours,  j 

J  itvcSltv  ^jya l  j-futoM. 

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April  29,  1916. 

Orange,  W.  J. 

Edison  Phonograph  Works. 


V/e,  the  undersigned,  Transfer  Pressman  of  the  fourth 
floor  building,  Wo. 24  request  a  flat  rate  of  25 #  per  hottr  for 
our  work. 

The  high  cost  of  living  such  as,  increases  of  food 
stuffs,  higher  rents,  and  all  clothing  has  gone  up,  have  'all  made 
our  requests  more  necessary. 

While  our  work  does  not  call  for  extraordinary  mechanical 
skill, still  it  requires  painstaking  and  exact  efforts  besides  the 
uncomfortable  effects  of  the  heat,  esnecially  in  Bummer  when  it  is 
almost  intolerable. 

Industrial  conditions  all  over  the  U.S.  are  mood,  firms 
are  voluntarily  raising  wages  for  there  is  a  scarcity  of  men. 

Illiterate  laborers  command  $2.50  to  $2.75  for  eight 
hours  work  while  we  native  born  Americans,  mostly  married,  have  to 
work  ten  hours  to  make  $2.00  per  day. 

We  hope  you  will  see  the  justice  of  this  request  and  will 
give  us  a  favorable,  reply  immediately  as  we  fefuse  to  work  under 
present  conditions. 



May  3,  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

Seventeen  of  the  transfer  pressmen  struck  on  Monday 


Up  to  last  Saturday  night  14  of  them  were  getting  20(4 

per  hour  £ 

L  3  of  them  22  1/2(4  per  hour. 

Beginning  Monday,  May  1st,  the  20)4  men  would  have  teen 
raised  to  22  1/2(4  [three  of  them  to  26(4  because  of  having  teen  with 
us  over  six  months),  and  the  22  1/2)4  men  would  have  been  increased 
to  26^. 

Shortly  after  they  came  in  on  Monday  morning,  however, 
they  requested  a  flat  rate  of  26(4  per  hour  for  the  entire  17  men. 
Kiroher  tells  me  he  advised  them  that  this  request  would  have  to 
be  referred  to  the  officials  of  the  company  and  that  they  were  not 
willing  to  wait  until  this  could  be  done  but  instead  started  an 
argument  with  him  until  the  point  was  reached  when  he  had  to  order 
them  out  of  the  plant.  A  committee  of  two  of  these  pressmen  who 
called  on  me  yesterday  morning  denied  that  this  was  the  case  and 
claimed  that  Kircher  simply  told  them  that  their  request  would  not 
be  granted  and  that  if  they  did  not  want  to  work  for  the  new  rates 
established  they  could  get  out.  Personally  I  do  not  think  tnat 
this  matter  was^ handled  as  diplomatically  as  it  oould  have  been 
and  that  if  Kircher  had  treated  them  a  little  more  courteously  and 
told  them  that  as  soon  as  I  came  in  the  matter  would  be 
me  they  would  have  been  only  too  glad  to  wait;  at  least  they  told 
me  in  the  interview  yesterday  that  if  they  had  been  work 

in  roller  as  they  were  by  me  they  would  never  have  left  their  work 
anr^ld  haveybeln  entirely  satisfied  with  the  new  scale  of  wages 
which  we  put  in  effect. 

Beginning  May  1st  our  arrangement  with  transfer  pressmen 
is  22  1/2(4  per  hour  for  new  men,  with  the  understanding  that  they 
are  to  get  25$  after  six  months,  if  they  prove  steadyandreliable 


S,  which  fays  him  from  27  1/2*  to  .30,4  per  hour. 

Eor  your  information,  the  results  of  the  increase;,  in 
wages  in  the  Disc  Record  Department  only  decided  on  by  us  last 
week  are  as  follows:  I 


Mr.  Edison-  2. 

12  1/2  to  16 
20  to  22  1/2 
22  l/2  to  26 

26  to  27  1/2 

27  1/2  to  30 
30  to  32  1/2 
32  l/2  to  36 








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Weekly  increase 
of  Payroll.  _ 

$  296.00 


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Thomas  A.  Edison,  '  • 

Grange,  N.  Y.  '•••r  •  - 

Dear  Sir, 

Your  favour  of  the  26th  of  April  received,  ano  in  reply  I 
wish  to  say  that  I  would  be  glad  to  accept  the  position  you  offer 
me.  I  would  however  like  to  know  if  this  means  a  permanent  posi¬ 
tion,  if  I "am  satisfactory  to  you ,  and  if  this  position  offers 
prospects  for  advancement . 

Commencement  Day  falls  on  the  21st  of  June  and  I  will  be 
aole  to  show  up  for  work  on  the  25rd. 

Yours  for  service, 



Hay  9th.  1916. 

Ur.  Frank  S.  Shapiro, 

Tufts  College, 

38  v.eet  Hall, 

Tufts  college,  Uass. 

Dear  Sir: 

Beplying  u>  your  favor  of  the  first 
instant,  Ur.  Faison  wishes  us  to  say  that  we 
do  not  guarantee  |ho  permanency  of  positions, 
but  v.e  always  keep  several  ehemists  who  have 
made  good,  ana  v.e  have  increased  their  salary 
in  proportion  to  their  success. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

Kindjiy  ttdvise  me  regarding  the  nature  of  the  work  you  expect  m 

to  do  bo  that  I  may  do  some  ueeful  reading  on  the  subject. 

<<  S’ .  ef” 

}}f  fctoO'lTYX, 

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V  J)lC£^ert'v^l‘  / 


May  39th.  1913 

Hr.  Frank  S.  Shapiro, 

33  treat  Hall, 

Tufts  Hollege,  Mass. 

Dear  Sir: 

Tour  ftt’jor  of  tha  20th  instant  to 
Mr.  Ellson  has  bean  received,  and  he  wishos  ae 
to  say  that  there. Is  no  epeoial. reading  that  he 
can  suggest  to  you  at  this  time.  The  work  upon 
which  y  u  will  be  engaged  is  experimenting, 
which  never. may  be  two  days  alike. 

Tours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Hr.  Edison. 

Northeast  House, 

State  College,  Pa., 
Hay  22,  1916. 


Mr.  Win.  H.  Headoworoft, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison, 
firange,  IT.  J« 

Dear  Slr:- 

J  <s|l  in,  ivwvi  cx£L 

Yovur  reply  of  Hay  16th  to  my  letter  applying  for 
employment  has  been  received  and  appreciated,  and  I  shall  give 
below  a  list  of  the  more  praotioal  subjects  in  which  X  have 
received  special  training. 

Although  my  training  has  been  general  rather  than 
highly  specialized  in  any  particular  subjects,  special  emphasis 
has  been  laid  upon  the  follov/ing  work: 


Electrioal  engineering  (both  alternating  and  direct  current 
work. ) . 

Organio  and  inorganic  chemistry. 

Metallurgy  Ferrous  and  non-ferrouB. 

Some  physioal  ohemistiy. 

As  stated  in  my  former  letter,  I  prefer  to  enter  the 
field  of  ooal-tar  by-produot  reoovery,  but  I  shall  be  willing  to 
enter  upon  some  other  line  of  worE  if  Hr.  Edison  has  employment 
to  offer  me  in  another  field. 

In  the  event  of  a  favorable  deoision  regarding  the 
matter,  I  may  state  that  I  shall  be  able  to  report  for  worE  on 
June  19th. 

Respectfully  yours, 


May  26th.  1916 

Mr.  Carl  A.  Bartle, 
northeast  House, 

State  College,  Pa. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  22nd 
instant,  which  has  been  shown  to  Mr.  Edison.  He 
requests  mo  to  say  that  he  will  give  you  a  trial 
at  §16.00  per  week  to  start,  and  if  this  is  agree¬ 
able  to  you,  you  can  report  for  work  on  June  19th. 
tours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

northeast  House, 

State  College,  Da., 
Hay  28,  1916. 

Mr.  Vfin.  H.  Meadoworof t , 

Asst,  to  Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Edison  laboratories,  Orange,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir:- 

Your  favor  of  Hay  26th,  offering  me  a  position  with  the 
Edison  Company,  has  been  received  and  although  I  appreciate  very  muoh 
your  kind  consideration  in  the  matter,  regret  that  I  shall  not  be  able 
to  accept  the  same,  since  I  agreed  to  take  another  position  offered  to 
me  before  receiving  your  final  reply. 

X  referred  your  offer  to  Hr.  E.  H.  Baker,  a  olaBS-mate,  who 
is  as  yet  unemployed,  and  he  expressed  a  desire  of  accepting  the  pos¬ 
ition,  providing  you  would  be  '(Tilling  to  oonslder  the  same. 

Thanking  you  again  for  your  consideration,  and  trusting  that 
you  shall  be  able  to  assist  my  friend,  X  am, 

Respeotfully  yours, 

necessary  to  refuse  an  offer  from  your  company.  I  wiBh  to 
plaoe  with  you  an  application  for  work,  and  would  he  pleased 
to  reoeive  a  similar  offer.  I  have  taken  the  same  course 
and  subjects  as  Mr.  Ear tie ,  and  will  also  he; graduated  this 

I  prefer  to  enter  some  electrochemical  field,  as 
organio  electrochemistry,  hut  am  not  especially  particular 
as  to  the  nature  of  the  work  I  would  he'  engaged  in  at  the 
start.  I  shall  he  glad  to  furnish  recommendations 
regarding  my  willingness  to  work  and  ability,  or  any  other 
information  you  might  desire. 

Respectfully  yours, 

CjU-v.  rVh. 


STATE  COLLEGE,  PA.  May  30,1916 

Laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention:  The  assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

My  Dear  Sir: 

Mr.  E.  U.  Baker,  who  will  graduate  this  year 
from  The  Pennsylvania  State  College  in Eleotro-ohemioal 
Engineering,  has  brought  me  a  letter  which  you  sent  to 
1/r?  Carl  Bartle,  advising  him  that  you  coula  ofxer  him 
a  position  in  your  laboratory.  This  ofxer  oame  to  Mr. 
Bartle  after  he  had  accepted  another  position.  Mi. 

Baker  is  very  anxious,  if  possible,  to  be  giv„n  an 
opportunity  in  your  organization. 

Technically.  Mr.  Baker  is  one  of  the  strongest 
men  in  this  year's  section.  He  has  a  fine  mind  and  is 
a  hard, consistent  worker.  He  has  an  excellent  character 
and  has  proven  himself  one  oi  the  most  satisfactory 
students* whom  I  have  had  under  me.  In  °as®  the  n 

sit  ion  about  which  you  wrote  to  Mr.  Bartle  lias  not  be„n 
filled,  I  feel  sure  that  you  would  make  absolutely  no 
Estate  in  giving  Mr.  Baker  a  trial.  Mr.  Baker's  add¬ 
ress  is  135SFi-azier  Street,  State  College,  Pa. 

If  I  can  give  you  any  further  information  about 
this  applicant,  I  shall  he  very  glad  indeed  to  do  so. 

rical  Eng. 

Mr.  Yfow  H.  Headoworoft, 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison, 
Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

P.O.  Box  318, 

State  College,  Pa., 
June  5,1916. 

Your  favor  of  the  2nd  ultimo,  relative  to  my  applica¬ 
tion  for  a  position,  has  been  reoeived.  Several  days  after 
sending  in  my  application  to  y.ou  I  received  an  offer  of  a 
position  from  another  company,  with  a  request  for  an  answer 


by  telegraph.  This  did  not  give  i 
answer,  so  X  aooepted  their  offer. 

i  time  to  wait  for  your 
I  regret  very  muoh 

the  trouble  I  have  occasioned  you,  and  wish  to  express  my 
thanks  for  your  offer,  which  I  oannot  now  aocept. 

Respectfully  yours, 

/'  j _ ^  Tn. 


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June  14th.  1916, 

Ur.  B.  S tnhle . 

85  Valley  Hoad, 

V.ost  orange,  U.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  tho  12th  in¬ 
stant,  I  wouia  say  that  I  have  made  some  inquiries 
as  to  placing  you  in  one  of  the  other  departments, 
hut  am  told  that  there  is  no  opportunity  of  using 
your  sorvicos  at  this  time.  However,  your  applica¬ 
tion  will  be  retained  on  filo  for  future  roforonee. 
Yours  very  truly, 

assistant  to  iir.  Edison. 

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Dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft:- 

I  duly  received  a  copy  of  your  letter 
with  reference  to  the  Discolored  Phenol,  the  sale  of  which  I 
ain  how  negotiating.  If  the  parties  want  the  additional  10 
lb.  sample,  I  will  advise  you  promptly. 

In  the  meantime,  your  original  letter 
has  come  to  hand,  it  being  mailed  to  A.C.  Barrell,  of 
Birohfield  &  Co.,  Hew  York,  and  who  resent  it  to  me. 


. — •  I  take  the  liberty  of  enclosing  here¬ 

with  a  letter  I  received  from  a  young  man,  P*  B.  Hallook, 
whose  father  I  have  known  for  a  number  of  years.  This  man 
is  an  educated  chemist,  being  a  graduate  of  Columbia  Univer- 
sity,  Chemical  Department,  and  I  believe  he  would  prove  an  honest 
and  useful  young  man. 

I  is  possible  that  you  may  have  use 
for  such  a  person  in  some  of  your  plants.  If  so,  I  should  be 
glad  if  you  could  give  him  a  trial.  If  you  are.  not  in  want 
of  such  a  man,  simply  return  his  application  to  me. 

Yours  very  truly, 




July  6th-  1916 

Dr.  E.  J.  Parker, 

98  Viilliara  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Doar  Dr.  Parker; 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  third  in¬ 
stant  enclosing  letter  from  hr.  P.  35.  (lallock  in 
regard  to  a  position  in  our  Cjiomical  Department, 

I  showed-  both  your  letter  and  hr.  ilallook's  letter 
to  Hr,  Edison,  and  he  wished  me  to  express  to  you 
his  regret  that  there  is  no  vacancy  at  the-  present, 
l'he  only  position  ho  had  open  was  filled  last  week, 
Howevor,  if  we  should  bo  in  line  for  additional 
assistance,  I  shall  take  pleasure  in  communicating 
with  you  later. 

X  return  Hr,. Hallock’  s  letter  here¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 

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To  whom  it  may  concern : 

Mr.  Douglas  II.  Milo e tone  has  been  connected 
with  my  Company  for  over  thirteen  years.  His 
eervicoB  have  been  extromoly  satisfactory  in  every 
way,  ana  I  am  sorry  that  he  io  compelled  to  leave 
my  employ  on  account  of  entering  in  the  defence 
of  his  country. 


August  1st*  1916. 

tir-  2.  stable, 

8E  Valley  uoacl, 

■  ost  Oranges,  ii.J. 

hoar  Sir: 

Hr.  iiOison  roouectc  us  to  say  in  re¬ 
ply  to  your  favor  of  the  89th  ultimo  that  he 
cannot  v..ry  well  give  you  a  recommendation  us 
a  Chemist,  hut  perhaps  Mr.  Constable  v.ouia  be 
filling  o  give  you  one  as  a  draughtsman, 
lours  very  truly, 

jidieon  laboratory. 

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please  co-operate  with  - 

,/H  «■  ; 

First  Aid  Service  Dept,  —  Dr.  Daniell. 
Employment  Service  Department.- 
Treasury  Service  Department. 

Ur.  0.  B.  Hayes, 
Music  Hoorn. 

In  accordance  with  Mr,  Edison's  wishes,  and  as  a  precaution¬ 
ary  measure  to  protect  the  families  of  employees  from  Infantile  Paralysis  and 
to  prevent  the  quarantine  and  closing  down  of  whole  or  part  of  any  Division  or 
Department,  please  be  strictly  guided  by  the  following: 

1.  Any  employee  living  or  boarding  with  family  or 
friends  where  infantile  Paralysis  has  developed  with  which  he 
has  come  in  contact  or  been  associated,  should  be  prohibited 
from  reporting  for  work  for  2  l/2  weeks  following. outbreak  of 
the  disease,. and  then  only  if  he  has  remained  away  and  lived 
entirely  apart  from  the  afflicted  person  or  persons  during  the 
2  l/2  weeks  and  can  furnish  proper  certificate  from  the  Health 

2.  Where  it  becomes  known  to,  a  Division  Manager  that 
there  is  a  case,  of  Infantile  Paralysis  in  the  house  in  which,  an 
Edison  employee  lives,  the  employee  is.  not  to  be  admitted  for 
work  thereafter  without  a  proper-  certificate  from  the  Health 

3.  Where  conditions  warrant  employees  compelled  to  be 
absent  in  this  manner,  may  be  continued  gratuitously  on  the 

payroll  by  Mr.  Edison  on  half,  pay  for  the  first  2  ?/'2  "e!*s 
of  such  absence,  provided  notice  is  duly  sent  to  the  Employment 
Service  Department. 

4.  All  Divisipn.  Managers  are  urged  to  be  vigilant  in 

this  matter  to  see  that  no  employees  come^  ^““^ion 

that-  all  cases  are  inmediately  reported  t 


5.  Employees  should  be  asked  to  report,  to  their.  Division 
Managers  any', cases  existing  among  the  families  of  other  employees. 

6.  On  hearing  of  a  case,  the. Division,  Manager  should 
inmediately  send  the.  employee  home  and  report  same  to  Dr.^ 

Daniell,  .529  Springdale  Avenue,  East:  Orange,  ,N.\  J.  ,  (Phone 
1317  Orange).. 


Messrs.  Chas.  Edison,  C^.H.  Wilson,  and  R. . A. . Bachman. . 




7.  In  order  that  provision  may  be  made  for  contin¬ 
uing  the  employee  on  a  special  payroll  for  the  2  l/?.  weeks , 
as  above  mentioned,  notice  should  be  sent  to  the  Employment 
Service  Department.  The  Employment  Service  Department  will 
co-operate  with  the  Treasury  Service  Department  to  the  end 
that  this  special  payroll  may  be  handled  in  the  best  manner 
possible,  and  with  the  Secretarial  Service  Departments  to  the 
end  that  this  expense  burden  may  be  properly  distributed. 

8,  Dr.  Daniell  states  that  it  is  exceedingly  risky 
for  anyone  to  come  in  contact  with  any  person  who  has  been 
around  or  near  a  case  of  Infantile  Paralysis  and  that  it  is 
now  known  to  be  a  fact  that  clothes  readily  carry  the  germs, 
and  that  the  secretions  of  the  nose  and  throat  are  particu¬ 
larly  dangerous. 

Your  earnest  thought  and  oo-operation  toward  preventing  the 
spread  of  this  disease  is  requested. 

Safl  IsiMiin  | 

ate,  m  du„ 

S.  Bi  Ivlambert, 

JM/  VV 1A\ 

logust  11th.  1916, 

Ur.  James  E.  Phelan, 

SO  Broadv.  Stroot, 

lien  York  City. 

-ear  Sir : 

I  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
9th  instant,'  and  hog  to  say  that  tho  permanency 
of  position  does  not  dopond  upon  tho  war.  If 
you  make  good,  which  I  think  you  can,  thoro  are 
two  other  places  in  Hie  organisation  open,  which 
aro  not  now  satisfactorily  filled. 

Yours  very  truly. 


August  24,  1916. 

Messrs.  2airbanks  ana  Hird:  / 

Referring  to  attaoliea  inquiry  from  lewis  2.  Bryant, 
Commissioner  of  Labor,  having  reforence  to  the  strike  in  our  plant, 
so  far  as  I  can  recall,  no  strike  has  occurred  wherein  the  employees 
actually  loft  our  plant  or  the  cause  of  any  threatened  strike  waB 
not  satlsfaotorily  adjusted,  hut  before  replying  definitely  to  this 
effect  I  would  like  to  know  from  you  whether  I  am  correct  or  not. 

If  not,  please  advise  mo  tho  details  of  any  strike  that  may  have 
ooourred.  As  we  have  always  been  very  friendly  with  Hr.  Bryant 
and  the  Department  of  labor  of  Hew  Jersey,  I  feel  that  a  reply  to 
this  o  ommunicatton  is  advisabXo* 

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Messrs.  Fairbanks  and.  Hird: 

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September  9,  1916. 

Under  date  of  August  34th  Mr.  Wilson  referred  to 
you  a  letter  from  lewis  T.  Bryant,  Commissioner  of  labor,  having 
referenoe  to  strike  in  our  plant,  to  which  he  wished  to  reply  aft  a: 
receiving  your  comments.  This  ie  simply  a  reminder  in  the  ordinary 
oourse  so  that  the  matter  will  not  be  overlooked. 

IWW  I.  17.  Walker. 

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Mr.  Wilson: 

Mr.  Fairbanks  telephoned  this  afternoon,  in  regard  to 
inquiry  of  labor  Commissioner  Bryant  as  to  a  reported  strike  here, 
that  inasmuch  as  he  had  probably  been  responsible  for  the  delay 
due  to  congestion  of  work  and  accumulation  of  paperB,  he  had  taken 
the  liberty  of  interviewing  Hlrd  about  it,  who  is  now  in  his  depart¬ 
ment.  Hird  told  him  that  there  was  no  strike  but  that  in  July 
some  of  the  men  stayed  out  one  day,  due  to  a  disagreement,  and  came 
back  the  next  night. 

Mr.  Fairbanks  has  not  yet  been  able  to  turn  up  the  lettar 
from  Commissioner  Bryant,  but  reports  as  above  so  that  you  will 
be  able  to  answer  Mr.  Bryant's  inquiry. 

Mr.  lewis  T.  Bryant, 

Commissioner  of  labor, 
fronton,  H.  J. 

Dear  Sir: 

Apologies  are  aue  you  for  the  delay  in  replying  to  your 
inquiry  of  August  23 ra  concerning  reported  strike  in  our  Diamond 
Disc  Department  on  July  17th,  which  inquiry  was  referred  to  ono  of 
the  hdd^a  of  departments  and  mislaid. 

We  oouia  hardly  call  this  a  strike,  for  the  reason  that, 
aiter  they  had  made  certain  demands  that  were  not  met,  they  remained 
out  owing  to  a  disagreement  among  themselves  more  than  anything  else',^ 
About  forty  men  participated  in  a  demand  for  an  increase  in  wages, 
twenty  of  whom  were  put  to  work  the^following  night  (it  was  night 
gang)  and  the  remainder  we  refused  to  take  hack. 

Yours  very  truly. 

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-  October  9,  19i6. 

•  Mr.  Alex  S.  IoWib, 

126  West  116th  Street,  ' 

Hew  York  City,  H.Y.'  / 

Bear  Sir:-  .  ;  • .  ’ 

Your,  favor  of  the  6th  instant  has  boon 
received  and  shown  to  Mr.  Edison.  He  wishes  us  to 
say  in  reply  tlut  ho  may 'have  on  opening  of  the  kina 
you  mention  before  long.-  Ho  sayB  that  if  you  are 
going  to  be  in  our  neighborhood  some  day  in  the  near 
future,  you  may  drop  in  hero  and  he  will  see  you. 

,  Possibly  it  might'  be  just  as  well  to  tele¬ 
phone  in  advance,  and  plqaso  ask  to  see  me. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

October  11th,  1916. 

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"Edison  Phonograph  Works, 

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Clients  of  mine/desire  to  make  inquiry  of  ^ 
\  of  136  Liberty  Street,  this 

your  concerning D.  H.  Blisi 
city.  X  shall  appreciate  it  if  you  will  advise  me  o'f  ^ 
your  knowledge  of  him  and  his  ability  as  an  inventor 
and  aB  a  business  man,  and  also  as  to  his  integrity  and 
general  character. 


October  19,1916. 

Mr.  Arthur  Bosenberg, 

Standard  Varnish  borks, 
•  Elm  lark,  S.  I., 
How  York. 

Dear  Sir:-  -  ■  -- 

'  lir.  Alex  S.  lewis  _hss  applied  to  me  for 
a  position' as  Eesearch  unomis't  in  my  Chemical 
laboratory-  He  rofors  ine  to  you  and  states  that 
he  has  worked  for ’your  Comnuuy  about  three  years-. 

Bill  you  kindly  lot  me  know  what  you 
think  of  Mr.  lewis  for  this  class  of  work,  obliging, 

Yours,  very  truly, 

October  19,1916 

6.  B.  CookPaiht  Works, 

Kansas  City,  Ho.' 


Hr.  Alex  S.  lewis  has  applied  to  me  for 
a  position  as  Research  Chemist  in  my  Chemical 
laboratory.  Ho  refers  me  to  you  and  states  that 
he  has  worked  for  your  Company  about  three  years . 

b ill  you  kindly  let  me  know  what  you 
think  of  Hr.  lewis  for  t-is  class  of  work,  obliging. 

General  Offices  Removed  to  90  West  Street, 

New  York  Cjty/(£ 

n  _ '  -**• 

-O.-AOOR  B  a  S7f»a  RT-RKJttWON-D.-N-.Y. 

October  20,19X6 

Gentlemen:  Attention  of  Mr.Meadowcroft. 

I  are  in  receipt  of  your  inquiry 

(of  the  19th  inst.,  regarding  Alexander  S. 
Lewie,  and  wish  to  eay  that  he  worked  as 
Assistant  in  our  Research  Department  for  a 
period  slightly  in  excess  of  three  years. 

,  and 

Research  Chemist,  and  he,  therefore,  had 
no  opportunity  to  display  originality.  It 
i3  consequently  impossible  to  soy  how  val¬ 
uable  a  Chemist  he  may  be. 

Yours  very  truly 






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Panama.  Pacific  International  Exposition.  1915 

Kansas  City. 

U.S.A.  Clot.  23,  1916. 

Chomaa  A.  Edison,  Laboratory, 

Orange,  11.  J. 


Referring  to  your  inquiry  of  the  19th, 
concerning  Ur.  Alex.  S.  Lewis: 

Ur.  Lewis  was  in  our  employ  for  a  few 
months  the  early  part  of  this  year.  He  Beamed 
to  he  a  very  capable  young  fellow  and  was  efficient 
in  his  work,  hut  as  he  was  of  Jewish  descent  and 
had  some  of  the  objectionable  characteristics  of 
that  race,  ho  was  a  disturbing  element  in  our 
organization  and  I,  therefore,  asked  for  his  res¬ 

Yours  very  truly. 

Pres.  &  Ureas. 


All  T  A  .E  .  Affiliated.  Interests  , 

Standard  of  First  Aid  Committee. 

—  Oot  .26,1916. 

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Immediately  effective. 

"“Secretarial  Service  Department  for  Insurance  &  Dispensary  Service  Dept  . 


Mr.  A.  0.  Frost,  Insurance  and  Dispensary  Servioe  Department,  submitted 
a  bulletin  as  revised  by  the  legal  Servioe  Department,  of  which  Mr.  j.  v.  Miller, 
approved.  Following  is  a  copy  of  the  bulletin,  which  is  to  bo  blueprinted  and  framed, 
copy  of  same  to  be  plaoed  alongside  of  each  time  olook  in  each  silver  Late  Division. 


ASSjrogroa  AT  3ILVat,.UKE.FI!AMBi. 

LOCATIONS  Building  #111,  Phenol,  Resin  &  Wax  Manufacturing  Div- 

•  ision,  T.  A.  E  .  Incorporated, 

OFENs  At  all  hours,  day  and  night.  Every  day  including  Sun¬ 

days  and  Holidays . 

NORSE:  In  attendance  at  all  hours . 

DOCTOR:  In  attendance  every  week  day  from  11:00  a,  m .  to  IS: 00 

noon.  Subject  to  call  by  Nurse  at  all  hourB , 

SERVICES:  All  injured  employees  will  be  treated  free  of  charge  in 

accordance  with  the  provisions  hereinafter  set  forth. 
No  ordinary  oases  of  siokness  will  be  treated. 

Dr.  A.  Daniell,  Re s idenoe , 529  Springdale  Ave,  E .Orange,  NW. 

Telephone,  1317  "Orange" 

Dr.  E.  Gennell.AsB  istaht.Residenoe,  360  High  St  .,  Newark,  N  J  . 

Telephone  8229  "Market"  . 


Are  conveniently  located  in  each  Division  and  are  to  be  used 
for  First  Aid  only  at  t  ime  of  aooldent .  All  subsequent  treatments  on 
employers  premises  to  be  taken  oare  of  at  Dispensary, 

A  card  with  a  Red  Cross  on  a  white  background  will  indioate 
location  of  first  Aid  Kit. 

JfK  lap jja^soi^  and  jjilver  „Lake  Division  Managers^  Committee . 



All  Modloal  Servians  rondored  by  Dr,  Daniell  or 
his  assistant  Dr.  Gennell,  to  injured  employees  at  the 
Diapanaary  or  at  employees  homoa  or  hOBpitals  for  whioh 
the  Thomas  A.  Edia on  Affiliated  Intereata  are  liable,  will 
be  free. 

Under  the  Workmen's  Compensation  Law,  the  employer 
is  required  to  furnish  medioal  and  hospital  services  and 
medicines  not  to  exceed  fifty  dollars  in  value,  during  the 
first  two  weeks  after  the  aooident,  unless  the  employee  re¬ 
fuses  to  permit  the  employer  to  do  30  . 

in  addition  to  the  two  weeks  presoribed  by  law,  in  those 
oases  vjiere  it  is  necessary,  Dr.  Daniell  and  his  Assistant,  Dr. 
Gennell  v/ill  oontlnue  to  render  medioal  services  to  all  Injured 
employees,  which  sorvioes  v/ill  also  bo  free,  but  the  employer 
reserves  tha  right  to  discontinue  such  medioal  services  mentioned 
in  this  paragraph  at  any  time  it  may  see  fit  , 

In  case  an  injured  employee  refuses  to  allow  the  above  men¬ 
tioned  services  and  medicines  to  bo  furniBhed  by  the  employer  and 
employs  another  physician  or  surgeon,  the  employer  will  not  be 
liable  for  the  expense  so  inourred,  and  will  not  reimburse  the 
employee  therefor  . 

All  medicines  prescribed  by  Dr.  Daniell  or  his  ABsiBtant 
Dr.  Gennell,  for  injured  employees,  may  be  obtained  free  of  charge 
fab  them  at  Progress  Pharmacy,  0.  M.  Marra,  54  Belmont  Ave„  Sil¬ 
ver  LakB,  H.  J„  upon  presentation  of  prescription,  if  same  is 
presented  during  the  first  two  weeks  after  an  accident . 

Any  employee  v/ho  buyB  such  medioinos  elsewhere,  or  buys 
them  subsequent  to  the  first  two  weeks  after  an  aooident,  must 
bear  oost  of  same  himself. 


In  the  event  of  a  minor  aooident  First  Aid  is  to  be  given 
at  First  Aid  Station  and  injured  employee  is  to  be  sent  to  Dis¬ 
pensary .  Nurse  at  Dispensary  will  telephone  for  Doctor  if  ne¬ 

In  oase  of  a  very  serious  accident  apply  first  aid  and  00m- 
munioate  with  nurBe  at  Dispensary^tating  nature  of  injury  and  lo¬ 
cation  of  injured  employee.  Then  telephone  immediately  for  am- 
bulanoo  giving  same  information  as  Was  given  to  nurse .  The  nurse  will 
go  to  injured  employee  at  onoo,  render  all  aid  possible  and  stay 
until  in  the  nurBS'B  opinion  it  is  safe  to  leave  the  injured  em¬ 
ployee  and  return  to  Diqoensary,  Upon  return  to  DiiTfcensary  nurse 
will  notify  Dr.  Daniell  or  his  Assistant  Dr,  Gennell, 

If  it  seems^possible  or  dangerous  to  move  an  injured  employee 
iwnediately  following  the  aooident,  telephone  to  the  Dispensary, 

pensary,  stating  the  facto.  Iha  nurae  will  telephone  Dr, 
Danlell  and  if  unohle  to  get  him,  to  Dr.  Goimell .  If  un¬ 
able  to  get  either,  will  oall  some  other  Doctor. 

It  io  important  to  call  Dr.  Danlell  and  Dr.  Gennoll 
first,  as  the  United  states  Fidelity  and  Guaranty  Company 
will  not  pay  for  the  expense  of  another  doctor  unless  DrB . 
Danlell  or  Geimell  cannot  bo  reached. 

In  the  event  of  calling  a  doctor  to  any  location  at 
Plant  other  than  the  Dispensary,  be  auro  to  notify  the  Doctor 
of  the  exact  location  of  injured  employoo,  namely,  the 
Divio  ion  and  Building,  and  to  also  notify  the  Doctor  as  th 
the  proper  gate  to  enter. 


In  the  evont  of  an  injured  employee  losing  time  on 
oooount  of  an  acoident  oither  at  the  time  of  accident  or 
later  (other  than  that  necessary  to  go  to  Diqcensary  for 
treatment)  make  report  of  same  on  Fo.rm  #566  of  the  United 
States  Fidelity  and  Guaranty  Company  and  forward  to  Insurance 
&  Dispensary  Service  Department .  Failure  on  your  part  to 
report  an  nocidont  when  the  injured  employee  loses  time,  may 
result  in  a  fine  of  $60.00  by  the  Department  of  Labor,  state 
of  Sow  Jersey. 

If  injured  emnloyee  did  not  lose  any  t  ime  on  account 
of  aooidont  (other* than  that  neoeBoury  to  go  to  Dispensary 
for  treatment)  forward  Form  #1816  whioh  you  will  receive 
from  nurse  to  Insurance  &  Dispensary  Service  Department , 

'.Vhen  an  injured  employee  returns  to  wort  after  the 
aocident  report  has  been  sent  in,  the  insurance  and  Dis¬ 
pensary  Service  Department  must  bo  immediately  notified 
thereof  in  writing. 


Under  the  How  Jersey  Workmen’s  Compensation  Law  an 
injured  employee  is  not  entitled  to  compensation  during  the 
first  two  weeks  after  an  acoident,  except  medical  and  hos¬ 
pital  sorvicos  and  medicines,  to  bo  furnished  by  the  employer 
V/hen  an  injured  employee  Iobbb  time  on  account  of  an  aooidnnt 
after  the  first  two  weeks,  he  will  receive  compensation  from 
the  beginning  of  the  third  week  for  the  period  prescribed  by 
law.  Ho  compensation  will  be  paid  for  time  lost  after  an  in¬ 
jured’  employee  ie  able  to  return  to  work. 

injured  employees  who  have  not  returned  to  work  and  v&o 
are  entitled  to  compensation  will  receive  samo  at  their  homes, 
either  by  oheok  through  mail,  or  from  United  States  Fidelity  & 
GuauntynCompany' s  Adjuster,  who  will  coll. 

injured  employees  viio  have  returned  to  work  and  are 
entitled  to  compensation  will  receive  AS^e  by  Unitod  Stuteo 
Fidelity  and  Guaranty  Company’s  oheok  whioh  will  he  handled  to 

them  by  their  Division  Manager  or  his  reprosentativa  .» 


Issued  by 

Insuranoo  &  Disponsary  Sarvloa  Dopt . 

Hovamber  1,  1916 , 

Ootobor  17th,  1916  -  legal  Service  Department 

duly  approved  the  foregoing. 

Mr.  Frost  submitted  Form  #1610  on  which  the  nurse  will  re¬ 
port  to  the  Insurance  and  Dispensary  Service  Department  a  list  of  all  new  cases 
treated  at  the  Dispensury  each  day,  also  Form  #1616,  whioh  the  nurse  is  to  use 
in  notifying  the  Division  Managor  concerned,  of  each  new  case  treated  at  the 
3ilver  Late  Dispensary  each  day. 

It  was  unanimously  agreed  that  these  two  forms  be  adopted. 

Form  #1816  to  be  cheoKed  by  the  Division  Manager  and  if 
no  time  has  been  lost  (other  than  that  necessary  to  go  to  Dispensary  for  treat¬ 
ment)  Division  Manager  is  to  note  same  on  Form  #1816  and  send  to  insurance  & 
Dispensary  Service  Department.  If  time  ie  loet  either  at  time  of  accident  or 
later  (other  than  that  necessary  to  go  to  Dispensary  for  treatment)  make  re¬ 
port  of  aooidonb  on  Form  #565  of  the  United  States  Fidelity  &  Guaranty  Company  and 
send  to  Insurance  &  Dispensary  Service  Department.  This  then  will  give  the 
Insurance  and  Dispensary  Service  Dopartmsnt,  a  check  on  these  cases,  and  if  they 
have  not  been  notified  within  a  reasonable  length  of  time,  they  can  communicate 
with  the  Division  effeoted. 

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Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  v 'm*  C^»v*v«4iAum  w*'**''"* 
Orang  6 1  13 .  J .  ,  . 

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Vie  have  just  learned  that  Mr.  E.E.  &^KS_, 

Hudson,  who  has  been  so  prominently  identified 
with  the  development,  especially  the  increased  use 
of  primary  batteries  in  this  country  in  all  lines 
of  industry,  but  especially  in  the  railway  field, 
leaves  the  Thomas  A.  Edison  Co.,  Inc.  on  January  1 
to  go  with  the  Viaterbury  Battery  Company. 

The  writer  has  personally  known  Mr. 

Hudson  for  a.  number  of  years  and  during  that  acquain¬ 
tanceship  has  learned  alsb  that  Mr.  Hudson  has  built 
for  himself  a  confidence  and  acquaintanceship  which 
to  say  the  least  is  enviable.  Vie  shall  make  some 
notice  of  the  proposed  change  in  early  issues  of  two 
or  more  of  our  publications  and  it  has  occurred  to  us 
that  since  he  has  been  identified  with  you  for  the 
past  eight  or  nine  years,  you  might  care  to  payhim 
some  brief  personal  tribute  that  we  could  include  in 
a  sketch.  If  you  are  so  inclined,  we  will  appreciate 
it  if  you  will  so  address  us  in  the  next  few  days  so 
that  we  may  include  it. 

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Office  of  the  Permanent  Secretary 

November  29,1916. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: - 

Yesterday  I  called  upon  Mrs.  William  Merritt  Chase, 
widow  of  the  distinguished  painter,  who  perhaps  you  kmew,  - 
was  one  of  the  finest  men  in  the  profession  and  a  man  of  great 
use  to  everybody  with  whom  he  oame  in  contact.  He  left  eight 
children,  two  of  whom  are  married.  Of  his  two  sons,  one, six¬ 
teen  years  old,  is  very  much  interested  in  electricity,  and 
Mrs.  Chase  is  desirous  to  have  him  start  work  at  onoe.  I  have 
volunteered  to  write  to  you  to  ash  if,  in  these  piping  timeB 
of  peace,  you  have  a  place  for  a  bright  young  fellow  in  your 
workshop.  1  feel  sure  that  he  is  of  the  right  stuff.  Will 
you  kindly  let  me  hear  from  you? 

Always,  with  the  kindest  romembranoes  and  with 

great  respect. 

Thomas^  Edison,  Esq. , 
orange, N.J . 

December  1,1910 

IJr.  3.  0.  Johnson, 

c/o  American  Acadony  of  Arte  and  lottore, 
Eoom  411,.  70  Fifth  Avonue, 

Bov:  York,  B.Y. 

Dear  2, Ir.  Johnson: 

I  am  ofraid  that  you  are 
laboring  under  a  nicapprolions  ion  which  seoms 
to  bo  quito  general,.  namely, . that  I  am  still 
active iy  carrying  on  an  electrical  Manufact¬ 
uring  businoec.  1  have  boon  .out  of -tlmt  lino, 
of  business  for  over  IS.  year:.  ,  except  tliat  we 
are  still  malting  primary  and  storage  batter¬ 
ies.  - 

iiy  establishment  is  not  such  e  one 
as  Mrs.  Chase  has  in  mind  for  her.  son,  I 
would  suggest  that  you  or  sho  communicate  with 
the  General  Sloctrie  Company  at-  Schenectady: 
Ehby  have  an  apprentice  oomso,  as  to  which 
they  issue  some  literature,,  and  I  think  that 
you  will< get  "the  information  you  wish  from 
that  Goiirco. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Equipment  and  Supplies  (E-16-36) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
purchase  and  use  of  tools  and  raw  materials  in  Edison's  laboratory  and 
factories.  Included  are  lists  of  items  wanted,  prepared  by  Edison,  along  with 
marginalia  written  by  Edison  regarding  the  qualities  of  the  products  received. 
Among  the  documents  for  1916  are  letters  pertaining  to  pulverizing  mills, 
pianos  and  custom-made  thermometers.  Some  of  these  letters  are  marked 
"disc"  or  "disc  phono,"  indicating  that  they  relate  to  efforts  to  continue  the 
production  of  phonograph  records  despite  wartime  shortages  of  raw  materials. 
Among  the  correspondents  are  photographer  Frank  M.  Steadman  and 
chemical  supplier  William  H.  Scheel. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected, 
including  all  items  relating  to  Edison's  direct  personal  involvement  in  the 
ordering  of  equipment  and  supplies.  The  unselected  material  includes  routine 
correspondence  pertaining  to  orders  and  shipping,  as  well  as  variant  copies  of 
standard  inquiry  letters  used  by  Edison  to  request  catalogs,  quotes,  or 
samples.  Most  of  this  correspondence  was  handled  by  William  H.  Meadowcroft 
and  George  L.  Ott.  Also  unselected  are  many  sales  letters  from  companies 
trying  to  interest  Edison  in  their  products,  and  interoffice  communications 
between  A.  C.  Emery  and  other  Edison  employees  regarding  purchasing, 
accounting,  and  record  keeping. 

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Mr.  Thomas  Edison, 
Valley  Road , 

West  Orange,  N.  J. 

Rear  Siri- 

Jannary  14th,  19 IS. 

We  are  concerned  to  know  something  of  the  extent  to  which 
you  hare  found  satisfactory  the  "  LAUTER  "  Upright  Piano  recently 
selected  by  yourself  for  use  at  your  pr irate  laboratories. 

It  is  not  unlikely  that  the  tonal  balance  and  accuracy 
of  this  piano  (especially  for  experimental  and  recording  work) 
could  be  maintained  more  perfeotly  if  we  had  occasional  access 
to  the  same  for  such  tuning  and  regulating  ns  might  contribute  to 
its  thorough  satisfaction  in  your  use  of  it. 

Will  you  not  kindly  adrise  us  accordingly,-  in  apprec¬ 
iation  of  which  courtesy,-  we  are 

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January  20th .  1916 . 

;.lr .  Learning : 

Hr.  Edison  wants  me  to  ask  you  to  send  a  con¬ 
firming  requisition  to  the  Industrial  Chemical 'Company,  the 
Fifth  avenue  Building,  Hew  lork  City,  for  one  carload  of  #1 
Calcium  Carbonate,  at  (jib. 00  per  ton,  1?.  0.  B.  Orange,  packed 
in  extra  strong  cotton  bags,  which  v.ill  bo  charged  extra  at 
each  and  credited  in  full  on  return  to  shipper,  freight 
prepaid.  Tennis  30  days,  less  for  cash,  10  days.  On  ac¬ 
count  of  the  ombargo  laid  by  the  Pennsylvania  Eailroad  Co., 
today  on  goods  for  Erie  delivery,  I  have  instructed  the  In¬ 
dustrial  Chemical  Company  to  route  this  shipment  via  P.  B.  E. 
and  D.  L.  &  «.  delivery  at  Orange.  This  routing  has  been 
determined  upon  after  consultation  with  Mr.  Edison,  end  I 
have  so  instructed  the  Industrial  Chemical  Company  in  giving 
them  the order  by  the  telephone  this  afternoon.  I  have  instruct¬ 
ed  them  lo  consign  the  goods  as  follow's : 

Thomas  ^ .  Edison, 

Disc  Beeord  Department, 

Orange,  II.  J. 

For  al.  Hoffman. 


Jan.  31st .  1916. 

West  Pulverising  Company, 
liewark,  II.  J. 


I  am  looking  for  a  grinding  mill 
that  will  grind  dry  woodpulp  bo  that  80$ij  of 
the  ground  material' will  past  through  200 
mesh.  The  capacity  of  the  grinding  machine 
to  be  about  800  pounds  per  hour.  The  dry 
woodpulp  hs  it  goes  into  the  machine  would 
pass  through  about  20  mosh. 

•  If  you  can  supply  any  such  mill, 
will  you  please  send  me  particulars,  and  price 
at  your  earliest  convenience.  Please  also 
state  how  promptly  delivery  could  be  made. 

Tours  very  truly. 





Thirty-five  years’  experience  in  designing  and 
building  special  reduction  and  screening  machin¬ 
ery  enables  us  to  offer  the  largest  and  most  varied 
line  of  specialties'  built  and  to  give  as  references  most  of  the  prominent  concerns  using 
this  class  of  machinery.  There  is  hardly  any  substance  that  cannot  be  handled  eco¬ 
nomically  in  some  of  our  machines.  Our  testing  department  is  at  your  disposal,  so  that 
machines  may  be  tried  before  purchasing. 

We  build  Crushers  of  several  types  (Jaw,  Rotary  and  Hammer)  for  coarse  or  fine 
reduction.  Rolls  for  fine  crushing  and  Granulation— Ring-Roll,  Hammer  Bar,  Swing 
Hammer  and  Emery  Mills  for  coarse,  intermediate  and  fine  grinding. 

Newaygo  Screens  and  Separators  for  all  kinds  of  screening;  Laboratory  Crushers, 

Rolls,  Grinders  and  Screens  for  Sampling;  Coal  Crushers  and  Automatic  Samplers  (  i/'- 
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February  1st.  1916. 

Mr.  Edison: 

You  probably  remember  Mr.  Johnson  of  the  Goodyear 
Eubber  Company  oomong  on  to  see  you,  and  you  spoke  to  him  about 
getting  you  somo  of  that  sheet  rubber  for  reproducers.  There 
was  some  delay  about  it,  and  then  you  wrote  him  a  letter  saying 
that  if  he  wanted  to  have  a  phonograph  for  his  wife  to  hurry 
up  the  samples. 

I  transpired  afterward  that  the  samplos  were  all  the 
time  at  your  house,  ant.  you  found  them  accidentdy.  They  had 
been  sent  to  Charles  by  mistake. 

I  am  writing  now  just  as  a  reminder  to  you  as  to  whether 
or  not  you  intended  or  had  promised  to  give  Mr.  Johnson  a  phono¬ 
graph  for  hie  wife.  X  feel  that  you  would  probably  not  want  to 
neglect  it  if  you  had  made  the  nromise. 


3.  &.  Alsing  Engineering  <&o. 


#75  Guernsey  Str.  Brooklyn  Boro#  New  York.  Febr. 1st. 1910. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Laboratory: 
Orange,  N..T. 


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Cylinders.  Tin 

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We  '4jav^,your  k^tl^nquiry jforji  Mill,  to  pulverize  Wood-Pulp 
"mesh*  at.  the  rate  of  800  lh.  per  hour. 

can  (highly  recomandr-our  Pebble  pulverizing 
/  ^econoraical^^fine^pulverizers  in  existence. 

J  -  *  //.^  riw*»  U» 

We  enciuJr^HuT^wItl? a  special  circular  (if  these  Mills, that 
contains  explanations  and  instructions  of  the  construction,  erection  and 
directions  for  opperating  these  Mills,  etc.  V  ^ 

We  also  enclose  a  B/P.  of  the  size  of  Cylinder,  whdfbh  we  think 
will  answer  the  required  capacity.  Further  a  B/P.  of  the  lafiest  Porcelain 
lining.  This  shape  of  Brick  with  Bumbs  on  the  race,  has  proven  to  have  a 
greater  efficiency  in  grinding  and  also  protects  the  seams, where  the  wear 
of  the  lining  starts  and  thus  prolongs  the  life  of  a  lining. 

We  propose  to  furnish  you  one  Alsing  Pulverizing  Cyl.  complete, 
lined  with  our  improved  lining  and  including  a  full  charge  of 
the  best  selected  Flint  Pebbles,  at  the  price  of :- 
Six  Hundred  Dollars-  --------------- 

FOB.  here.  * 

It  will  take  4  weeks  to  construct  such  machine  of  4  b  cila.  X 

)'  long. 

Trusting  that  we  may  receive  your  order  at 
Yours  very  truly 
J.R. Alsing  Engineering  Company. 
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Dth.  1916. 

The  «.  E.  dicing  Engineering  Co., 

7b  Guernsey  Stroot, 

Brooklyn,  ii.  T. 

Gentlemen : 

I  received  your  favor  of  the  first 
instant  with  enclosures,  and  regret  to  say 
that  I  cannot  use  a  mill  with  pebbles . .  I 
can  only  use  steel  balls,  as  1  can  get  the 
minute  chips  out  of  the  powder  by  a  magnet, 
whereas  1  could  not  do  this  with  pobblos  . 

tours  very  truly. 

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The  Edison  Portland  Cement  Company 

STEWARTSV1LLE,  N.  J.  February?,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  N.  J. 

Dear  Mr.  Ediscn:- 

Replying  tc  your  note  relative  to 
Fuller  Mills,  I  beg  tc  state  that  we  will  need  all  the 
Fuller  Mills  we  have  in  the  Coal  Flant  until  the  new 
tube  mills  have  been  received  and  put  in  place,  which 
may  be  June  cr  July  before  they  are  all  installed. 

I  have  taken  the  matter  up  with  the 
Fuller  people  tc  see  whether  1  can  locate  any  second 
hand  mills,  and  if  sc,  will  advise  you. 

Yours  very  truly, 

president .A 






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Thomas  A.  Edison,  #2 

same .  We  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 

Since  writing  the  above  it  has  occurred  to  us  that  it  might 
be  advisable  for  our  representative  to  call  and  if  after  locking  these 
samples  over,  you  would  like  to  see  him  please  advise,  and  we  will 
arrange  for  an  early  interview  with  you. 

Fob.  23rd.  1916. 

She  John  E.  Thropp's  Eons  Co., 

Trenton,  H.  J. 

Gentlemen : 

Your  favor  of  the  21st  instant  re¬ 
garding  the  test  of  grind  wood  pulp  has  been 
received  arid  shown  to  Hr.  Edison.  He  requests 
us  to  say  that  the  results  you  report  are  not 
satisfactory,  .mother  concern  that  has  tried  this, 
grinds  280  pounds  per  hour,  92Ji  through  180  mesh. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

Charles  J.  Cagliabue, 
18  -  33rd  Street, 
Brooklyn,  11.  1. 

Hot.'  about  that  special  sample  thermometer.  I^ouiahavere- 
oeived  it  yesterday.  Can  you  not  send  it  today  by 
messenger?  X  want  to  decide  matter  before  leaving  for  Florid  - 

.'.lurch  20  th.  1916. 

Mr.  Emery: 

Mr.  Edison  requested  me  to  send  you  .his  memorandum 
to  ask  you  to  issue  a  requisition  to  the  Simplex  Hydrometer 
Company,  320  Market  Street,  Ifewark,  il.  J.,  to  cover  12  special 
thermometers  made  on  Mr.  Edison’s  specifications,  at  *4.00  each. 
Shese  are  9"  special  thermometers  reading  from  ioo0  to  400°Fahr. 
One  of  these  has  been  delivered  to  Mr.  Edison  this  morning,  and 
the  remaining  11  are  to  be  delivered  on  Thursday  of  this  week. 

Mr.  Edison  told  mo  to  tell  you  that  this  was  a  special 
emergency  case  which  he  has  rushed  through  personally  before  leav¬ 
ing  for  Florida.  These  special  thermometers  are  to  be  used  in 
the  manufacture  of  the  disc  records.  Hr.  Moore  knows  about  it. 

If  these  special  thormonetere  are  found  satisfactory, 

Mr.  Edison  expects  to  uso  about  80  altogether,  and  he  thinks  that 
probably  the  ."implex  Hydromoter  Company  will  make  you  a  little 
better  price  on  the  remaining  68.  V.e  cannot  tori  definitely 
about  ordering  the  remaining 68  until  the  12  have  been  in  use. 

..ill  you  kindly  have  the  requisition  for  the  12  issued 
today,  and  send  it  to  Simplex  Hydrometer  Company  at  the  above 
address ,  for  attention  of  Mr.  Beck? 






LENZ  &  NAUMANN,  Inc. 


17  Madison  Avenue,  Pullman  Building,  New  York,  1).  S.  A. 

New  York,  March  21st,  1916. 

Atti  Mr.  Meafloweraft 

Thomas  A.  Edison, 
East  Orange,  H.J. 

Dear  Sirs- 

As  per  your  telephone  conversation,  we  wish  to 
oonflrm  our  quotation  on  your  sepoial  thermometers.  We  could 
furnish  the  same  at  $6.00  a  piece,  and  assure  you  that  you  will 
receive  instruments  of  the  best  workmanship. 

We  hope  to  receive  this  order,  and  remain  awaiting 
your  further  favors, 

P.B.  3429 

Your b  very  respectfully, 
lens  &  Baumann)  Ino. 

Quotation  Department . 



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.  Brookyn,  N.  Y.  City. 

©m®(§)lrilkY(M^X  March  23,  1916. 

Attertion  Mr.  Mead ovver eft . 

dent  lemon : - 

Thank  you  for  the  courtesies  shown  our  Mr.  3.  R. 

Mackie  on  the  occasion  of  his  recent  visit,  at  which 
time  you  favored  him  with  an  order  for  special  Ther¬ 
mometer  with  flat  sensitive  bulb  and  this  order  has 
been  entered  under  our  ITo.  9159,  as  per  attached  acknow¬ 
ledgment  . 

v  You  will  no  doubt  understand  that  this  is  a  Thermom- 
.  eter ,  made  up  special  to  your  order  and  we  are  there- 
.''i  if  ore  unable  to  give  you  any  definite  date  of  shipment, 

'  ’ '  as  even  at  this  time  a  tube  has  been  made  up  for  the 

Thermometer  which  was  not  satisfactory  and  would  not  pass 
■'  our  inspection  and  therefore  had  to  be  sent  back  to  the 
-  factory- 

So  far  as  a  price  in  the  quantities  of  80  is  concerned 
we  will  be  very  glad  to-  quote  you  this  price  just  as  soon 
as  we  can  ascertain  our  cost  for  making  up  this  sample 
Thermometer,  as  the  price  we  quote  you  will  have  to  be 
based  on  the  same. 

Hoping,  _ 

factory  and  trusting 
mands,  we  beg  to  remain 

will  find  the  foregoing  sat is  - 

Yours  very  truly, 






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March  23,  1916. 

Attention  Mr.  Me ad owe raft . 

Gent  lemon : - 

Thank  you  for  the  courtesies  show  our  Mr.  3.  R. 

Mackie  on  the  occasion  of  his  recent  visit,  at  which 
time,  you  favored  him  with  an  order  for  special  Ther¬ 
mometer  with  flat  sensitive  bulb  and  this  order  has 
been  entered  under  our  Ho.  9159,  as  per  attached  acknow¬ 
ledgment  . 

You  will  no  doubt  understand  that  this  is  a  Thermom¬ 
eter,  made  up  special  to  your  order  and  we  are  there¬ 
fore  unable  to  give  you  any  definite  date  of  shipment,  even  at  this  time  a  tube  has  been  made  up  for  the 
V:  Thermometer  which  was  not  satisfactory  and  would  not  pass 
i1'  our  inspection  and  therefore  had  to  be  sent  back  to  the 
•  factory- 

So  far  as  a  price  in' the  quantities  of  80  is  concerned 
we  will  be  very  glad  to- quote  you  this  price  just  as  soon 
as  we  can  ascertain  our  cost  for  making  up  this  sample 
Thermometer,  as  the  price  we  quote  you  will  have  to  be 
based  on  the  same. 

Hoping,  however,  you  will  find  the  foregoing  satis¬ 
factory  and  trusting  to  be  favored  with  your  future  com¬ 
mands,  we  beg  to  remain 

Yours  very  truly, 


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We  beg  to  inquire  whether  you  would  be  inter¬ 
ested  in  a  timing  devioe,  which  we  manufacture,  graded 
to  one  one  hundredth  of  a  seoond,  the  finest  develope- 
ment  of  its  kind  that  has  even  been  produoed. 

Divides  and  reoords  the  time  up  to  one  one  hundred  of 
a  seoond,.  and  oould  be  used  for  testing  maohinery  and 
for  other  purposes  where  greit  exactness  and  fine 
graduation  of  tim9  is  required. 

If  you  are  interested  in  the  proposition, 
we  should  be  pleased  to  hear  from  you  in  reference  to 
same,  We  specialize  on  timing  instruments  of  all 
kinds.  We  furnish  numerous  timing  devices,  watohes, 
clocks,  eto,  to  the  United  States  Government  and 
various  large  corporations,  and  we  would  be  pleased  if 
you  will  give  us  an  opportunity  of  figuring  with  you 
for  your  requirements  in  these  lines.  You  will  find 
it  of  advantage  to  do  so. 

Anticipating  your  reply,  we  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 

Dear  “ir:- 

V/e  are  writing  you  by  request  of  Mr.  Thomas 
4.  Edison  (7/HM)  and  wish  to  inquire  if  your  carbon  black  or  lamp 
black  is  in  the  dry  form  when  ground  or  do  you  want  to  grind  it 
in  a  paste  form.  Our  mills  are  adapted  principally  for  pigment  in 
oil,  although  we  have  a  machine  here  in  stock,  slightly  used  that 
is  designed  for  such  material  that  might  be  what  you  want. 

It  is  not  very  large,  we  presume  the  stones  are  about  15"  or  16" 
in  diameter  and  we  could  let  you  have  this  mill  at  §100.00  MB 
Cars  Cincinnati. 

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Hr.  Thomas  A. Edison, 

Orange, New  Jersey, 
Dear  Sir: 


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I  am  in  receipt,  of  your  telegram  of  the  16th.,  and 
thank  you  very  kindly  for  same,  I  note  that  it  is  chalk  that  „ 
you  require  and  beg  to  inquire  if  you  have  received  the  sample  s  v 
X  sent  you.  If  you  have  you  will  observe  that  it  is  chalk  Sri 

instead  of  limestone.  We  have  fallen  into  the  habit  of  calling  vu 
thi3  material  limestone  as  we  use  it  here  for  sweetening  the 
sour  soils  and  the  farmers  always  speak  of  it  as  limestone. 

Some  years  ago  Dr,  John  C.Branner,  of  Lelsnd  Stanford, 

Jr.,  University,  made  a  survey  of  this  property  for  the  ^tate 
of  Arkansas  and  in  his  report  he  says  as  follows: 

"The  value  of  this  chalk  for  cement  purposes  is  hardly 
appreciated  at  the  present  time,  when  we  consider  that  chalk  is 
a" very  soft  rock,  and  therefore  does  not  require  grinding,  as 
do  the  compact  limestones,  and  further,  the  greater  ease  with 
which  it  can  be  burnt  to  lime,  its  superiority  over  other  lime¬ 
stones  may  be  seen.  The  fact  that  this  bed  is  the  only  one 
known  to  exist  in  the  United  States  increases  its  value.  The 
following  analysis  shows  how  clearly  it  agrees  in  composition 
with  the  chalk  of  Fedway, England,  which  has  so  long  been  used 
in  the  manufacture  of  the  famous  Portland  Cement."  (  Then  follows 
comparative  analysis  of  the  two  deposits.) 

If  you  have  received  the  sample,  please  examine  it  and 
I  think  you  will  be  struck  with  its  peculiar  softness  arid  purity. 
There  are  no  veins  or  seams,  also  it  has  no  grain.  If  it  is  not 
asking  too  much  I  would  be  glad  if  you  would  look  at  the  chalk 
and  even  if  you  can  not  use  it,  advise  me  so  that  I  can  ge,  the 
matter  out  of  suspense.  I  herewith  enclose  self  addressed  en¬ 
velope  for  the  purpose  of  your  reply  and  thanking  you  very  kind¬ 
ly,  I  remain. 


a  £'-‘vVi 

Replying  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  16th 
inst.,  would  say,  the  prise  of  the  instrument  to  which 
you  refer  is,  §150.00. 

We  should  be  pleased  to  hear  further  from 
you  on  the  subject  and  to  be  favored  with  your  orders 
on  same. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  and  anticipating 
your  kind  reply,  we  remain. 


Telephone,  2512  A  Main 


Automatic  Steam  and  Water  Specialties 


Bogardus  and  Centrifugal 

Mills  G-rind  Anything 

Steel  Boiler  Mills  for 

Kook  and  Ore  Pulverizing 

118  John  St.,  near  Bridge  St.  'Brooklyn,  N. 

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May  23rd.  1916. 

Mr.  John  Acton, 

118  John  Street, 

Brooklyn,  H.  Y. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  2£nd  instant, 
which  I  have  shown  to  Mr.  Edison.  He  wished  me  to  say  to 
you  if  you  are  willing  to  send  over  one  of  the  three  second¬ 
hand  #4  Bogardus  wet  mills,  he  will  try  it  out,  and  if  it 
is  all  right  he  will  keep  it  and  will  probably  want  more  of 
them.  IVo  will  pay  freight  charges  both  wayB  if  ho  finds  that 
the  mill  is  not  satisfactory  for  hie  purpose.. 

He  wants  to  grind  curbon  black  into  a  think  alcoholic 
varnish,  and  he  wants  to  grind  it  exceedingly  fine. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Varnish  Gums, 



Chemicals,  and 
Supplies  for 
Varnish  Manufacturers 


159  Maiden  Lane  and  37  Fletcher  Street. 

: _^^>ay  said.^igie, 

Mr.  Thoinaa-A-r-ISdison, 

Hew  Jersey 

Dear  Sir:- 

<  A  v- 

J  l <y~  >  y-kfr-'-  k 


'lie  have  your  valued  favor  of  Hay  18th  andAUA 
your  advices  placing  before  us  the  pref erdSoe^/ 


jy  / 

*“*•■  L-] 

of  new 

very  carefully 

of  Mr.  Bdison  for  Magnesium  Oxide.  We  have  the  matter  close 
hand  and  will  communicate  Just  so  soon  as  lots  are  available 
hope  to  be  able  to  mace  some  attractive  offerings.  The 
situation  may  be  changed  soon  on  account  of  the  opening 
avenues  of  production.  We  have  taken  the  matter  closely  in  hand 
and  hope  to  be  able  to  give  you  advices  at  a  nearby  date  of  a 
new  source  of  supply,  said  to  be  superior  tc|the  California 
uagnesite.  In  the  mean  time  if  any  new  lots  of  Grecian  Ground 
Calcined  Magnesite  come  to  hand  or  even  of  the  California  quality 
which  is  of  good  quality,  and  suitable  to  your  requirements,  we  will 
advise  with  your  goodselves.  We  thank  you  for  the  further  advices. 

If  you  use  any  Lithcpone  30#,  Oxide  of 
Zinc,  Barytes,  China  Clay,  Tripolite  Barth,  Fossil  Flour,  Aluminum 
Flake  or  other  Earths,  Clays  and  Fillers  at  your  plant  we  will  be 
glad  to  hear  from  you.  We  ar^naking  a  specialty  of  Lithopone  30# 

and  Oxide  of  Zinc,  domestic  gradings,  such  as 

tied  out  by  the 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  "Jdison, 

New  Jersey  Zinc  Co.,  Keep : in  close  touch  with  us  please. 

Yours  truly, 


May  27th.  1916. 

Mr.  William  H.  School, 

159  Maiden  lane,  ,  , 

Iiew  York  City.  Attention  of  Mr.  L lacks. 

Dear  Six: 

Your  favor  of  the  2knd  instant  has  been 
received,  and  I  thank  you  for  your  kind  attention 
in  regard  to  the  matter  of  Magnesium  Oxide. 

Mr.  Edison  wishes  me  to  ask  you  to  send 
samples  of  the  cheapest  fillers  (like  chalk)  that 
you  supply.  Y.e  use  two  carloads  of  chalk  a  month, 
and  pay  §16.00  per  ton. 

Can  you  furnish  anything  better  or  cheaper. 
Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

June  29th.  1916. 

Hr*  II.  3?.  Hiller: 

At  Hr.  Edison's  request  I  called  at  the 
foundry  of  H.  Hoaglond  &  Sons  Company  at  Koekaway, 

How  Jersey,  on  my  way  down  to  Orange  and  obtained 
from  them  approximately  fifty  pounds  of  hard,  chilled 
iron.  Hr.  Edison  wanted  this  for  his  experiments  in 
connection  with  the  disc  records.  I  told  the  Hoag- 
land  people  that  1  would  sena  them  en  order.  Y.ill 
you  ploaso,  therefore,  issuo  the  proper  requisition 
and  send  it  to  them.  Idid  not  ask  the  price,  as  Hr. 
Edison  wanted  it  in-any  event. 

V. .  U.  HBADOSOBOff®. 

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Specializing  in  STEADMAN’S  UNIT  FOTOGRAFY 

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mP dear  Mr.  Edison:-  ^  X~*  •• 

You  will  remember  me  aB  the  friend  of  Mr. 
spiers  of  the  Van  Nostrand  Company,  the  author  of  Unit  Fotografy 
who  holds  the  "different"  fundamental  theory  of  light  propo- 
gatlon.  &***.  <t-  -ho-*.;  7  ^  '  ■' 

After  our  llttll  conversation  last  Friday  I  showedVyou 
the  little  Unit  Actlnometer  (the  Aabameter,  as  I  call  It 
commercially. )  and  1  wish  to  have  the  pleasure  of  sending 
you1" one  of  these  instruments.  Perhaps  yw  use  a  kodak  or  other 
camera  occatlonaljy  and  could  apply  It  practically. 

The  card  enclosed!  Is 

iilo  utW4  _ _ ’‘is  the  simplest  fteauzf  practice,  arrayed 

so  that  the  ordinary/ Brownie  user  can  use  t}fe  Instrument  with¬ 
out  going  into  the  theories  of  the  method^ 

\  During  our  conversation  you  said  once’—Waat  you  did  not 
bare  to  talk  theories  hut  conditions.  I  think  you  will 
he  interested  to  know  that  1  am  one  year  short  of  a  common 
/'school  education  and  this  new  idea  of  light  I  have  dug  out 
'  of  nature  direct.  In  the  work  of  standardizing  my  camera 
exposures  In  home  portrait  work.  I  am  certain  that  you  are 
enough  interest  In  the  subject  matter  to  let  me  extend  °ur^ 
talk  with  a  couple  of  illustrations.  (You  realize  I  know  *#r- 
that  when  our  friend  Professor  Barker  awoke  to  the  fact  that 
had  a  useful  truth  developed,  there  must  he  some  reason  for  , 
him  to  say  it.  So  I  wish  to  give  you  these  two  Illustrations  |  v 

to  consider.  The  hosh  that  Is  now  taught  in  the  schools. - -  '  f  < 

regarding  light  is  the  direct  cause  of  the  general  l^porance 
of  light  and  of  fotografy  popularly.  My  life  work  is  to 
remedy  this  condition  in  the  schools  and  to  slmpl^and  make 
rational  and  sensible  the  practice  of  fotografy.  I  am  In  my 
first  hard  fights  to  get  along  and  get  my  new  inventions  un¬ 
der  way  and  you  knov/  from  experience  .what  this  means  at  the 
beginning.  The  little  meter  Is  the  first  article  to  come 
along.  Enough  of  this.  You  know  perhaps  how  glad  I  might  be 
to  have  a  word  of  encouragement  as  to  my  ideas  on  lights  In 
case  you- see  that  I  have  the  true  basis  for  computing  Its 


Sacramento,  Cal., . 1916. 

Suppose  at  the  left- Is  represented  three  houses  in  which 
a  crew  of  workmen  sleep.  On  the  right,"  three  different  Jobs 
of  construction  that  these  men  work  on.  They  rise  in  the 
morning  and  from  each  house  scatter  to  their  work. 

Sleeping  quarters  Construction  Jobs 

flow  if  you  wish  to  keep  track  of  the  work  done  at  Job 
B  for- example,  would  you  not  have  to  take  into  account  the 
men  who  actually  assembled  there  to  do  the  work?  some  would 
come  from  house  1,  others  from  house  2  and  others  from  house 
3  but  they  further  a  certain  work  AT  THE  PLACE  WHERE  THEY 

Yourcommon  sense  problems  in  illumination  consist  of 
getting  enough  lights  in  a  group  to  give  the  disired  bright¬ 
ness  where  that  brightness  is  needed.  That  means  expanse  or 
area  considered  as  a  property  of  the  .light,  source  and  not  of h 
the  illuminated  surface,  as  CTTfie  "light-weakens-by-spread- 
lng"  theory. 

Again:  Suppose  the  light  source  to  be  the  sky  itself,  and 
the  atmosphere  always  in  contact  with  the  surface  illumi¬ 
nated:  Going  double  the  distance  from  the  opening  a,  simply 
allows  l/4th  the  former  sky  area  to  shine  upon  the  points  of 
the  surface.  ITowlEKe  wKSTe^6TI”ttie  sky  is  geometrically  a 
hemisphere  over  any  point  on  the  earth's  surface  and  any  q peril 
lng  that  lets  some  the  sky  shine  on  any  surface  must  admls  a 
in  uniTs~ef"'st5litT''angle  as  developed  in  my  book^ 

The  different  openings  in  the  little  meter 
have  the  values  of  4096,  2048,  1034,  512  and 
256  cone  units  or  units  of  solid  angle  respectively. 

Purchasing  Servioe  Memorandum  No. 

September  21,  1916. 

Mr.  Fairbanks 

TThat  you  may  have  further  knowledge  of  the  top  plate  oaat- 
inga  altuation,  I  adviae  that  another  foundry,  Louie  Sack.,  yesterday 
delivered  85  top  plates  of  which  50  were  rejected. 

A.  P.  Smith  again  delivered  50  plates  all  of  which  were 


Wm.  Crane  delivered  60  plates,  all  of  which  were  rejected 
but  he  is  now  straightened  out  and  we  believe  will  make  satisfactory 
castings  from  now  on. 

We  will  of  course  take  the  patterns  from  Smith  and  Saoko 
and  fonrard  them  to  a  foundry  which  can  do  satisfactory  work,  name- 
ly,  the  Cooperative  Stove  Works  of  Cleveland,  0. 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Exhibitions  (E-16-37) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  relating  to  industrial  exhibitions  in 
which  Edison  participated  or  was  invited  to  participate  but  declined.  Included 
are  letters  concerning  the  display  of  Edison  products  in  New  York  at  the 
Second  National  Exposition  of  Chemical  Industries  and  at  the  American 
Association  for  the  Advancement  of  Science,  as  well  as  a  request  for  models 
of  Edison's  early  inventions  and  a  question  about  Edison's  use  of  a  special 
telephone  at  the  1915  Panama-Pacific  International  Exposition  in  San 
Francisco.  The  correspondents  include  Claude  E.  Holgate  of  Newark's 
Anniversary  Industrial  Exposition,  mineralogist  George  F.  Kunz,  and  chemist 
Charles  F.  Roth. 

Approximately  20  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Most  of 
the  unselected  items  are  invitations,  congratulatory  notices,  or  other  formal 
communications  to  which  Edison  did  not  reply.  Also  unselected  is  routine 
business  correspondence  relating  to  the  various  exhibitions,  most  of  which  was 
handled  by  William  H.  Meadowcroft. 


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January  21,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

East  Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Dear  Sirs 

Mr.  Polk  thinks  you  would  he  interested  in 
his  analysis  of  the  evolution  of  the  art  of  illumination 
as  expressed  in  his  address  (oopy  enclosed)  before  the 
Down  Town  Association  of  San  Francisco,  upon  the  occasion 
of  a  banquet  in  honor  of  Mr.  V '/alter  D'Aroy  Byan,  Chief  of 
Illumination  at  the  Panama  Pacific  Interna£iQnal__Exposition. 


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rate  the  State  owes  him  $352,000,  for  we  paid  man  has  ever  tr 
him  only  as  much  as  we  paid  Lawlor.”  the  savage  torcl 

“That’s  one  way  of  figuring  it,”  said  the  cd  to  ancient 
clock  winder.  “But  there’s  another  way.  .  If  Jus-  and  the  deadly 
tice  Shaw  gets  $8,000  for  writing  ninety  opinions,  later 
e  hired  Justice  Lawlor 

“Well,  of  course,”  said  the  Senator,  musing  as 
he  spoke,  “but  he’s  your  friend,  and  you  shouldn’t 
figure  it  that  way.  Remember,  he’s  writing  dis- 

unto  the  wizard’s 
mankind  striven 

emulate  the  sun, 

Walter  D’Arcy  Ryan  and  he  has 

customary  to  speak 

isters  fall  front  grace,  i 
of  the  .Merry  Monarch 

tion. — A  Hero  of  Anti-Puritanism,  by  Theodore 
Bonnet  in  the  January  Lantern. 

Polk  Talks  of  D’Arcy  Ryan 

Willis  Polk  made  a  talk  to  the  Down  Town 
Association  the  other  day.  Usually  when  Willis 
talks  he  has  something  to  say,  and  this  occasion 
was  no  exception.  This  is  what  he  said: 

Four  years  ago,  Mr.  W.  D’Arcy  Ryan  came  to 
me  and  said,  ‘Mr.  Polk,  I  am  going  to  illum¬ 
inate  your  Exposition.’  I  was  surprised,  but  I 
listened.  He  gave  me  an  earful.  He  filled  me 
with  misgivings.  He  engendered  in  my  heart, 
the  heart  of  a  simple  man,  great  resentment. 
Why,  said  I  to  myself,  should  a  mere  lighting 
man  speak  to  me,  a  great  architect?.  He  was 
insistent.  I  was  cold,  I  was  skeptical.  He  said 
he  came  to  me  because  I  was  chairman  of  the 
Board  of  Architects.  I  was  delighted.  I  said 
to  myself,  I  will  fix  this  fellow.  .1  will  cal!  a 
meeting  of  the  board.  The  board  kicked;  the 
board  said  they  had  not  sought’  advice,  they 
knew  what  they  wanted,  and  when  they  wanted 
it  they  would,  ask  for  it.  But  I  said,  ‘Let’s  hear 
him  and  that  will  end  him.’  So  I  called  a 
meeting  for  11  a.  in.  on  the  understanding 
'*  '  .Ryan  would  r  '  ** 

No  one  left  .that  meeting  ui 
he  left  he  took  with  him  the  goat  of  .every 

From  the  sacred  fire  that  burnt  at  the  sacrificial 
pyre  of  the  ancient  heathen,  to  the  candles  that 
continuously  illuminate  the  altars  of  Christen¬ 
dom;  from  the  break  of  dawn  to  the  present 
: light,  never  was  the  art  of  illumination  subject  - 
;to  the  mastery  of  mail.  From  the  very  be¬ 
ginning  of  time;  from  the  creation  of  the  sun 
[and  the  moon;  by ’torch  and  fiamc;  by  flint  and 

[TO  J.  P.  O'SHEA] 

Jan.  i:  1st .  19X6. 

Ur.  J.  P.  Othoa, 

Secrotary  to  Ur.  Polk, 

Hobart  Huiiaing, 

San  I’rancisco,  Cal. 

Dour  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the 
£let  instant  v.  ith  clipping  therein  referred 

'Phis  ie  the  first  time  I  have  ovor 
known  of  an  architect  who  had  a  eonee  of  humor. 

I  have  known  three;  Jo.  1  had  melancholia, 
ho.  £  sraa  a  c.oesimist,  ~nd  iio.  S  quit  e.rchitoct- 
ing  and  bought  out  an  undertaker. 

iiov.  i  know  that  there  are  exceptions. 


Howarls'  c  iBStlvorcary  Industrial 

FroDB  Ifept.  -  Hr.  Clou  do  ilolgato 

Kowark ,  liow  Jorcoy 


r.oplyin*:  to  your  lottcr  of  Hay  2,  oc,-  leave  to 
advieo  you  that  ”r.  TL,  "oadowcroft ,  -die  on  j.ehoratory. 

Oran^o ,  How  Jersey,  is  handling  this  ontiro  ix.ttor ,  and  wo 

May  lit 

Newark's  Anniversary  Industrial  Exposition, 

Kewark,  IJ.  J. 

Gentlemen ; 

Please  allow  my  representatives,  Mr. 
Ludwig  F.  Ott  and  his  Assistant,  Mr.  Oexle,  to 
place  my  exhibit  material  in.  the  space  assigned 
to  me,  and  to  arrange  the  same. 

Yours  very  truly. 




HE”?M'ofAmtn>llot>  Cotp. 






"Expositions  are  the  timekeepers  of  Progrcss"- 




WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER  25th,  1916 


Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

Orange,  N.  J.  Attentlon_  Mr.Wm.H.Mi 
Dear  Slr:- 

19  16 


lower  oft .  Z' 

To  aid  us  in  our  publicity  campaign  and^n 
order  to  make  the  Exposition  more  effective  and 
more  interest  to  the  exhibits,  we  are  asking  co-operation 
of  all  our  exhibitors  by  giving  us/such  to  have 

can  use  for  publicity  and  which  they  would  desire  to  have 
made  public.  / 

Technical  papers  v/ill  reoeive  articles  of 
a  technical  nature  but  they  i/st  te  Oil¬ 

papers,  magazines  and  some  technical  pubiioations  wi*1 
willingly  publish  such  matter  as  we  oan  give  *0“ 
matter  must  have  a  human  interest.  For  this  laUer  pur 
•Dose  if  you  have  any  information  that  a  suory  would 
S y  we  should  appreciate  it.  This  would  also  be  useful. 

A  short  description  of  what  you  intend  to 
very  welcome. 

thank  you  for  this  information. 

Very  truly  yours, 





TdWBSB  m*.  * 

u  pS Copper  Co. 


Mr.  Thos.  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  N.J.  . 

Attention-  Mr.W.H. Meadowor of t 

Dear  Sir.  ^  arQ  eending  you  under  separate  cover  a  quantity  of  poster 
stamps,  and  we  will  appreciate  it  very  much  if  you  will  kindly  instruot 
your  mailing  olerk  to  place  one  of  these  stamps  on  each  one  of  your 
letters  in  the  same  manner  as  indioated  in  the  lower  lef  u  hand  corner  of 
this  letter.  If  .you  need  more  of  these  at  any  time,  we  can  take  oare  of 
you  with  any  quantity  you  require.  .  .  .  . 

Beginning  with  the  August  1st  issues  of  magazines  in  whioh 
you  advertise,  believe  it  will  he  to  our  mutual  interest  if  you  will  insert 
a  line  reading  as  follows:  SEE  OUR  EXHIBIT  AT  THE  SECOHD  NATIONAL  EXPOSITION 
This  will  he  most  advantageous  to  you  hy  making  it  known,  through  your 
advertising,  that  you  will  he  represented  in  this  Exposition. 

The  coming  Exposition  will  he  a  record  breaker  from  every 
standpoint.  The  meetings  of  the  different  societies  in  New  York  during 
the  same  week  will  bring  out  a  very  large  attendance  from  all  over  the 
oountry.  Two  floors  of  the  Grand  Central  Palace  will  he  used  for  this 
Exposition  -  the  Main  Floor  has  been  entirely  sold  and  over  one  half  of  the 

Second  FloorT^°T|^°^  s°nil*  for  your  0o-operation  in  helping  us  make  this  the 
most  suooessful  Industrial  Exposition  ever  held  in  this  oountry,  we  remain 



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Finland  Only 


August  25  d,  1916. 

w  v*« 

Doar  Mr.  Edison:-  <r&**-*  ^  ^*^L' 

Through  the  courtesy 

who  bought  the  old  submarine  bi/at  "Holland,  and 
George  j?.  Huns,  the  president  of  the  AssooiatiofyfegaA— fU* 
tho  Establishment  and  Maintenance  for  the  People  of  W 
the  City  of  How  York,  of  a  Museum  for  the  Peaceful  / 
Arts,  of  which  you  are  a  member,  and  uo  which  Dr. 

Gibbons  presented  the  boat,  our  Exposition  is  to  . 
have  this  old  submarine  for  ono  year,  p™1  v-n  mil 

exhibits  .nd  amusements  ma]ce  lt  tha  nuolous  0f  our  proposed  Halaoe  of 
American  Aohi  eveinents ^  ^ '  /y 

It  is  our  intention  to  p^fr2?^as  manyjas 
possible  of  the  earliest  example*  of  American  in¬ 
ventive  and  creative  genius,  to  be  exhibited  in  th. 
building,  the  oentor  of  which  is  to  bo  occupied  by 
the  "Holland." 

Ihere  is  no  man  in  America  whose  achievements 
are  greater  than  your  own;  therefore  wo  ask  you  if it 
would  be  pcs  Bible  to  secure  from  you,  as  a  loan  exhiDit, 
early  models  of  the  phonograph,  motion  picture  machine, 
the  incadescent  light ,  and  any  other  of  your  own  in¬ 
ventions  which  are  too  numerous  to  be  enumerated  heie. 

It  is  our  sincere  desire  to  make  this  Palace 
of  American  Achievements  as  complete  in  detail  as  pos¬ 
sible  and  we  feel  certain  that  with  the  enormous 
population  adjacent  to  the  grounds  of  the  Bronx 
International  Exposition,  they  will  be  viewed  by 
hundreds  of  thousands  of  people  who  otherwise  never 
would  have  an  opportunity  to  ponder  over  ^e  many 
trials  of  our  great  inventive  geniuses,  as  they  have 
became  familiar  with  their  work  only  in  its  completed 
state • 

>.  heart  of  the 
largest  city 


7,000,000  people 
Within  a 




With  a  Capacity  of 
78,000  PEOPLE 

THE  door 

OPENS  MAY  30,  1917 


The  Bronx  International  Exposition 



Department  of  Publicity 


NEW  \ 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison  -  2. 

Fint  and  Only 

X  trust,  my  dear  Ur*  Edison,  that  this 
project  will  find  favor  in  your  sieht,  and  that  you 
will  suggest  to  us  not  only  examples  of  your  own 
accomplishments,  but  those  of  other  men  who  may  not 
be  so  known  to  fame,  but  who  did  pioneer  work  in 
helping  to  place  America  in  the  foremost  rank  among 
the'nations  as  promoters  of  the  peaceful  arts. 

25  ACRES  OF  ' 
In  tha  HEART  OF  THE 

7,000,000  PEOPLE 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  an  early  reply, 


Very  truly  yours, 





75,000  PEOPLE 




WEEK  OF  SEPTEMBER'  25th,  J9I6 


Thomas  A*  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  Mr.  Vta-  Meadoworaft. 

Ro-ferrinK  to  space  in  our  Third  Nation- 

IS  rsUshovmrLSred  ITln  tL°enolosed°dia|rr. 

including  platform,  floor  covering, railings, 
background  and  sign. 

This  space,  as  you  will  re call, was  part 

\  „t  “Sga?s*o5  s“ 

\  For  your  information  we  might  state  that 

Tmlf  of  7fl3. 

Thanking  you  for  a  prompt  reply,  we  remain, 

- Yours  very  truly  /l 


October  7,  1916. 

ilr.  Charles  F.  Both,  i.'nnager, 

ilational  Exposition  of  Chemical  Industries, 

'  .  •  Grand  Central  xalace,  .  . 

ilew  Xorfc  City  x 

Hoar  Sir:-  ;  ‘  ’■ 

lour  favor  of  the  6th  instant  was  received  . 
this  moraine,  ana  I  beg  to' advise  you  that  Edison 
says  ho  will  take  the  hah-Sialf  of  space  ilo.  15  as 
shown  in  rod  ink  on  the  diagram  which  you  enclosed . 

Assistant  to  i'xi-  Edison. 



Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

The  Edison  Laboratory 
Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison, 

During  the  Christmas  week  meeting  in 
New  York  City  of  the  American  Association  for  the  Advance¬ 
ment  of  Science,  the  three  chemical  societies  - 

The  American  Chemical  Society, 

The  American  Electrochemical  Society, 

The  Society  of  Chemical  Industry 
will  co-operate  with 

Section  C  (the  Chemical  Section)  of  the  A. A.  A.  S. 
in  an  exhibition  to  be  held  at  the  Museum  of  Natural  History. 

We  are  planning  to  make  the  exhibition  a  great 
success  as  we  feel  it  will  be  important  industrially  a8  well 
as  scientifically  and  will  be  seen  not  only  by  the  many  visit¬ 
ing  chemists  but  the  general  public  as  well.  It  will  be  shown 
at  the  Museum  for  one  month.  The  object  of  the  exhibition  is 
to  display 

1.  The  finest  known  specimens  of  the  various 
rare  elements,  -  gases,  metallic,  etc., 

2.  The  products  of  the  electrical  furnace,  and 
of  the  air,  -  which  have  a  great  value  for 
war  purposes, 

3.  Coal  tar  products 

4.  Some  exhibits  showing  scientific  research, 
such  as  those  of  PaBteur,  and  others. 





The  joint  Chemical  Societies  are 

Preparedness  Exhibit 

a  most  creditable  one,  and  we  are  most  desirous  to  have  J 
some  of  your  phenol  and  any  derivatives  you  may  have  from  f 
it.  We  would  like  to  show  these  with  your  name,  preferably 
with  the  label  written  by  your  own  hand.  Is  there  any  one 
of  your  men  who  could  speak  to.  me  about  this  subject.  I 
would  be  glad  to  explain  further. 

We  will  greatly  appreciate  your  support  in  the 
above  matter. 

With  kindest  regards,  I  remain 




Exhibit  Board,  containing  exhibits  of  your 
benzol  products, 

and  also 

The  table  with  your  Alkaline  Storage  Battery  Chernies, li 
and  Kickel  1'lake. 

I  am  sure  your  exhibit  will  be  of  much  value,  and  we  sin¬ 
cerely  appreciate  your  cooperation.  Will  write  you  in 
the  near  future  as  to  just  where  there  are  to  be  sent  and 

Yes,  the  next  time  we  are  together  we  will 
dispense  with  about  one-half  of  our  neutral  conversation 
talk  about  the  planes  of  diamond  cleavageB. 

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With  renewed  thanks  and  kindest  regards,  I 

Sincerely  yours, 

American  association  foi^-the  advancement  of  science 


405  Fifth  Avenue, 

New  York  City,  November  24,  1916. 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esq., 

The  Edison  Laboratories,  Inc., 
Orange,  New  York.,. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison 

We  are  delighted  to  know  that  we  are  to 


The  Exhibit  Board,  with  the  benzol  products 

The  Table,  with  your  Alkaline  Storage  Battery 
Chemicals  and  Nickel  Flake,  • 

for  the  Chemical  Exhibit  at  the  Museum  of  Natural  History. 

If  you  will  kindly  have  them  sent  to  the 
Museum,  taking  the  enclosed  tagB  upon  the  boxes,  they  will 

be  properly  cared  for. 

Thanking  you  for  your  very  kind  cooperation, 

I  remain 

Very  Bineerely  yours, 

Ilov  ember  21,1910 . 

Dr.  Gebrgo,F.  Kune, 

405  Fifth  Avenuo, 

Hew  fort,  11. f. 

Dear  Dr.  Kuns: 

Ur.  Edison  lias  received  your  favor 
of  tho  24th  instant,  enclosing  tags  to  he  placed 
upon  the  boxes  for  his  Chemical  Exhibit  at  the 
Museum  of  natural  history  •  He  has  requested 
me  to  take  up  this  matter  further  with  you. 

Dot  mo  say,,  for  your  information,  that 
the  Exhibit  is  of  such  a  nature  that  it  could  not 
bo  packod  and  shipped  as  contemplated  by  your 
letter.  it  requires  very  -careful  handling  and 
wo  shall  have  to  send  it--  to  Dew  fork  in  one  of  our 
automobile  truckB,  and  ono  or  two  young  mon  would 
have  to  aeeoapanv  it  tb  superintend  the.  unloading 
and  placing  of  it. whore  it' is  tb  bo  shown.  Iho 
Exhibit  could  not  possibly  bo  handlod  otherwise . 

It  would  tal:e  at  least  a  half  a  day  for 
our  young  men  to  Install  tho  Exhibit  when  it  arrivoc 
at  tho  Museum-  I  wouldssuggest  tlioroforo  that  you 
advise  mo  as  to  tho  time 'it  oan  bo  sent  ovor.  It 
would  be  best  to  have  tho  Exhibit  arrive  and  bo 
placed,  in  position  a  day  boforo  the  Exhibition  is  to 

Awaiting  your  farther  favors,  I  remain, 
fours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Da comber  9, 1916. 

Dr.  Goo.  P.  kunz, 

c/j  Ciffany  ?■.  Cocmany, 

5th  Avo .  h  37th  street. 
Hew  York,  II. Y.' 

Doar  Dr.  Kunz: 

*  .  "  Chinking  that  yon  would  probably 

by  interested  to  see  in  advance  what  Vx .  lid  icon's 
Chemical  Sxhibit  looks  liko,  I  have  had  a  photo¬ 
graph  racdo.  and  enclose  copies  of  came  herewith. 

Hr.  lid  icon  approvoo  your  surrgootion 
to  add  a  piece-  of  coal,  but  ho  docs  not  liko  the 
idea  of  adding  a  bottle  of  tho  gases,  as  that 
would  also  involve  other  additions  beside. 

1-am  going  to  have  a  piece  of  coal 
mounted  on  each  side  of  the  label  which  you  will 
ooo  at  tho  top  of  the:  3oord. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  iidison. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Family  (E-16-38) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  family.  Many  of  the  items  pertain  to  the  financial  affairs  of  Edison's 
children.  Included  are  references  to  payments  sent  to  daughter  Marion  Edison 
Oeser  who  was  living  in  Germany,  and  to  the  repayment  of  a  loan  made  by 
Edison  to  daughter  Madeleine  Edison  Sloane.  Other  letters  relate  to  the  illness 
of  grandnephew  and  Edison  employee  Charles  Poyer,  whom  the  inventor 
visited  in  Saranac,  Michigan,  during  the  summer  of  1916.  There  is  also 
correspondence  with  cousin  Nancy  Elizabeth  (Lizzie)  Wadsworth  and  her  niece 
Mrs.  Stephen  H.  Balcom  regarding  a  mortar  and  pestle  once  owned  by 
Edison's  maternal  grandfather,  Ebenezer  M.  Elliott. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Among 
the  unselected  items  are  letters  from  individuals  seeking  compensation  for 
unpaid  bills  owed  by  Edison’s  sons  Thomas  Jr.  and  William  or  for  bad 
investments  in  a  long-defunct  steel  venture  between  Thomas  Jr.  and  William 
W.  Holzer.  Other  unselected  items  include  correspondence  from  individuals  not 
related  to  Edison,  letters  not  addressed  to  him,  and  routine  documents 
concerning  the  transmittal  and  receipt  of  payments. 


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Mr.  H.  I1.  Miller, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc., 
Orange,  N.J. 

Dear  Sir;- 

Below  please  find  memorandum  of 
letter  which  I  would  be.  pleased  to  have  you  send 
us,  regarding  payment  to  be  made  to  Mrs.  Marion 
E.  Oeser,  as  per  our  conversation  of  yesterday. 

"Onion  National  Bank, 

Newark,  N.J. 

I  would  be  pleased  to 
have  you  open  a  letter  of  credit  for 
6  months,  payable  §300.  per  month  to 
Marion  E.  Oeser,  Ereiburg,  Germany. 

Kindly  notify  me  when  these  payments 
are  made  and  I  will  send  you  check  for 
satra  .  Kindly  transmit  same  by  wireless." 

This  letter  is  to  be  signed  bjr  Thomas  A. 
Edison,  Inc. 

Very  truly  yours 


•  Jr 



IVir .  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  H.J.. 

Dear  Sir»- 

As  requested  ii  your  letter,  we  have 
sent  a  wireless  message  Requesting  the  Dresdner 
Bank  of  Frieburg,  Germayy,  to  transfer  to  Marion 
\l0OO.  payable!  in  installments  of  §300. 

s  your  check  for  $333.26, 
$300.  being  for\first  payment  and  $13.26  oost  of 
the  wireless  n 

Very^  truly  yours, 



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October  1C,  ISIS 

Mr.  Thom 

Hew  Jersey. 

My  dear  Hr.  Ttdii 

I  have 

,  Poy 
oi  the  Sanitarium 

/  i)**  &»  r"  , 

(<v*  ^ 

I  have  had  some  correspondence  with .your  niece, 

hA _ ttns.t,Uw.(|  rS-u-T  'Y-Un.U't, 

yer  ana  recently,  atiijendin^  the  ^fti^jh  Ann  ^v  era  at  y  ^ 

•"“*  “  Eat,“  &&'fhS  ^«V-v 

I  have  tola  ner  ally  I  could  oi  my  own  personal  ) 

experience  with  tuberculosis  and  she  wj*aha«  tye  t&^end  fotu  a^g. 
long  detailed  account  oi  this  history, in  ..view  oi  your  Interest 
in  her  son,  Charles  Poyer. 

I  am  perfectly  willing  to  help  him,  or  you.  i 
way  possible  and  promised  Mrs.  Poyer  to  write  you.  Eut  I  n 
not  sure  that  you  would _ yourself  (  consider  this  worth  while  anc 
am  .therefore,  writing  you  first  to  ask  you  what,  if  anything, 
you  would  care  to  have  me  cover . 

I  had  tuberculosis  from  1SSS  tc  18S9  ana  have  taken 
an  active  part  in  the  anti-tuberculosis  campaign  ever  since,  in 
organization,  in  speaking  and  in  writing  and,  from  that  as  a  start¬ 
ing  point,  have  become  interested  in  the  whole  subject  of  health. 
You,  yourself,  have  kindly  lent  your  name  to  the  Committee  of  One 
Hundred  on  K&tional  Health,  which  did  a  good  deal  of  the  pushing. 

Incidentally,  I  may.  say,  that  I  am  going  to  try  to 
get  \'r.  Wilson  thoroughly  interested  in,  and  committed  to,  a  big 
health  urogram,  which  I  believe  will  do  much  mordfthe 

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NEWARK,  N.  J. 

The  Phonograph  Sales 


NEWARK,  N.  J. 


•  —Nov-,  -  -16,-1916, 

[r.  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  _ 

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Orange,  N.J. 

My  dear  Mr.  Meadowcroft: 

At  my  request,  Mr.  George  Grantham  BaiSf,  of 
32  Union  Square,  New  York,  arranged  with  Captain 
Tausoher  to  have  a  letter  sent  over  with  the  German 
Embassy  mail  on  the  Deutschland,  for  Mrs.  Edison, 
and  also  arranged  with  Captain  Koenig  of  the  Deutsch¬ 
land  to  take  over  some  photographs.  These  are 
going  to  Mr.  Edison's  daughter. 

I  have  written  thanking  Mr.  BaiH  but  I  think 
that  he  would  appreciate  receiving  a  letter  of  thanks, 
from  Mr.  Edison,  signed  personally. 

Will  you  arrange  this,  if  you  can? 




Yours  sincerely. 

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1916.  Fan  Mail  [not  selected]  (E-16-39) 

This  folder  contains  unsolicited  correspondence  and  other  documents 
Amnnn  TT  °f  EdiS?n’ Which  received  e'ther  a  form-letter  reply  or  no  answer 
nfth  n9Jhe  d,ocuments  for  1916  are  letters  from  school  children,  expressions 
of  thanks  and  congratulations,  and  comments  on  the  annual  Edison  Day. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Financial  [not  selected]  (E-16-40) 

This  folder  contains  routine  correspondence  and  other  documents 
relating  to  Edison’s  personal  financial  interests  and  investments.  The 
documents  for  1916  pertain  primarily  to  the  payment  of  Edison's  household 
expenses.  Included  are  financial  papers  such  as  balance  audits  and  accounting 
sheets,  as  well  as  correspondence  with  banks  and  lists  of  notes  payable. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Ford,  Henry  (E-16-41) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison’s  friendship  and  collaboration  with  industrialist  Henry  Ford.  Included 
are  telegrams  exchanged  with  rubber  manufacturer  Harvey  S.  Firestone  and 
Ford's  secretary,  Ernest  G.  Liebold,  regarding  a  proposed  camping  trip  in  the 
Adirondacks  involving  Edison,  Ford,  Firestone,  and  naturalist  John  Burroughs. 
Although  Ford  was  unable  to  participate,  he  did  join  the  campers  in 
Plattsburgh,  New  York  toward  the  end  of  the  trip.  Other  telegrams  discuss 
arrangements  for  a  trip  to  Detroit  by  Edison  in  November.  Also  included  is 
correspondence  relating  to  Ford's  purchase  of  the  estate  in  Fort  Myers, 
Florida,  formerly  owned  by  Ezra  T.  Gilliland,  adjoining  Seminole  Lodge,  the 
Edison  family's  winter  home.  In  addition,  there  are  documents  referring  to 
automobile  output,  experimental  phonograph  production  at  the  Ford  factory, 
and  recordings  to  be  made  at  the  Edison  laboratory  by  a  Hawaiian  musical 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  Among 
the  unselected  items  are  unsolicited  letters  to  Edison  regarding  Ford's 
position  on  the  war;  requests  for  introductions  to  Ford  and  for  jobs  with  him; 
and  routine  communications  exchanged  between  Liebold  and  Edison's 
assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft.  Also  not  selected  are  a  few  items, 
unrelated  to  Edison,  concerning  Ford's  work  on  tractor  development. 

Documents  relating  to  Ford  can  also  be  found  in  E-1 6-1 5  (Charities  and 
Loans),  E-1 6-63  (Personal),  E-1 6-67  (Politics),  and  other  folders  in  the  Edison 
General  File.  Numerous  clippings  about  the  camping  trip  can  be  found  in 
Scrapbook,  Cat.  44,455,  Scrapbook  Series. 

time  but  that  you  would  bring  it  to  'Jr  Edison's 
personal  attention  as  soon  as  it  arrives. 

c/o  Th 01. in 9  A  Edison 
Grange  W  J 

Dear  Sir: 

I  beg  to  advise  that  the  total  number  of 
cars  shipped  during  the  month  of  December  was 
10,353,  and  Y/alkerville  1691. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Ur  W  H  Ueadowcroft 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co 
Orange  N  J 

Dear  Hr  Ueadowcroft: 

It  appears  we  have  had 
mation  from  you  since  January  lith  regarding  the 
talking  machine  which  was  made  in  our  factory.  Will 
you  kindly  advise  if  Mr  Edison  has  seen  the  same 
and  what  comment,  if  any,  he  has  to  make  regarding 

Very  trulyi  yours 



Ur  Thomas  A  Edison 


My  dear  Mr  Edison:  Attention  Mr  V  H  Meadowcroft 

Mr  Ford  has  requested  mo  to  advise  that  we 
have  just  completed  negotiations  for  the  purchase  of 
"The  Mangoes"  property  adjoining  your  property  in 

He  is  already  busy  building  a  steamboat 
for  fishing  purposes  which  will  most  likely  be  com¬ 
pleted  in  time  to  use  during  the  next  vacation. 

He  also  expects  Mr  Burroughs  In  . Detroit 
during  the  coming  week  and  intends  to  have  him  lay 
the  cornerstone  of  a  perman&Trt'  bird  fountain  and  would 



"  •  209  Main  St.,  Orange,  N.  J. 

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fd  Detroit  Mich  July  15th  1916 
Thomas  A  Ed i sou 

Orange  H.J. 

Have  wired  Firestone  today  Mr  Fora  oan  go  at  any 

time  after  August  Fifteenth  will  write  you  later  regarding  burroughs 
G  S  Anderson 

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fs  Akron  Ohio  July  16  1916  ■  Phone.  Orange  200  (L  6478, 

Thomas  A  Etlison  . 

Orange  H.J* 

Delighted  we  will  have  fine  trip  Fora  oan  go 

any  time  after  August  fifteenth  will  see  you  in  meantime 

ana  make  all  arrangements  will  you  invite  Mr  Burroughs. 

H  S  Firestone. 


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Edison  General  File  Series 

1916.  Foreign-Language  Documents  (Untranslated)  [not  selected] 

This  folder  contains  foreign-language  documents  thatwere  not  translated 
by  Edison’s  office  staff,  along  with  others  that  were  translated  and 
subsequently  separated  from  the  English-language  version. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Fort  Myers  (E-16-43) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  home,  property,  and  community  interests  at  Fort  Myers,  Florida.  The 
correspondents  for  1 91 6  include  Nicholas  Armeda,  former  captain  of  Edison's 
launch,  who  writes  in  regard  to  the  purchase  of  a  discounted  phonograph. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  pertains  primarily  to  routine  management  issues,  bills, 
expenses,  and  property  taxes,  many  of  which  were  dealt  with  by  Edison’s 
personal  secretary,  Richard  W.  Kellow. 

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ir.  T.  A.  Edison, 

Orange ,  a.  J. 

iear  Sir:- 

July  17,  1916. 

,  ,'S  Wfcr^<+-  Y 

tU^j-  -c  Jr 

I  understand  that  you  have  a  Ford  car  stoi^ 
at  your  home  here.  I  want  to  buy  a  good  Ford  and  ^^you 
care  to  dispose  of  yours,  please  1^  mo  loisy/  at-  < 
lowest  price  you  will  take  for  sameV  ' 

Your  man  told  me  when  here  that  you  were  going 
to  ship  the  casings  and  tubes  home  and  as  I  understand 
it  your  machine  here  hasn't  any  tires,  but,  of  course, 
you  can  figure  this  alright  in  making  your  price. 

Yours  vers 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Glenmont  (E-16-44) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  home  in  the  private  residential  community  of  Llewellyn  Park  in  West 
Orange.  Included  is  a  printed  notice  from  the  Llewellyn  Park  Trustees 
containing  the  annual  report  of  the  Board  of  Managers.  Also  included  is  a 
communication  from  Edison  to  his  secretary,  Harry  F.  Miller,  regarding  the 
payment  of  the  Park’s  annual  maintenance  assessment. 

Two  of  the  six  documents  have  been  selected.  The  unselected  items 
consist  of  unsolicited  offers  from  a  landscaper  and  an  art  restorer,  along  with 
routine  real  estate  legal  forms. 



You  are  hereby  notified  that  the  Trustees  of  Llewel¬ 
lyn  Park  have  fixed  Monday,  the  ioth  day  of  January, 
1916;  that  being  the  second  Monday  in  the  month,  and 
eight  o’clock  in  the  evening  of  that  day,  and  the  resi¬ 
dence  of  George  Merck,  Esq.,  in  said  Park,  as  the  day, 
hour  and  place  for  the  fifty-ninth  annual  meeting  of  the 
proprietors.  . 

The  meeting  is  for  the  purpose  of  choosing  a  Com¬ 
mittee  of  Managers  for  the  ensuing  year,  viz.:  1916,  im¬ 
posing  a  tax  or  assessment  for  defraying  the  cost  of 
maintenance,  etc.,  of  said  Llewellyn  Park,  and  for  such 
other  business  as  may  properly  come  before  the  meeting. 

The  ladies  of  the  Association  are  cordially  invited  to 
be  present. 

This  notice  is  given  to  you  as  one  of  the  owners  of 
land  subject  to  the  said  tax  or  assessment  for  the  cost  of 
maintenance,  etc.,  of  said  Llewellyn  Park. 

Your  attention  is  called  to  the  annexed  report  of  the 
Board  of  Managers  and  Budget  for  1916. 

The  trust  deed  requires  a  majority  of  acres  to  vote 
for  the  Managers  and  assess  the  tax. 

If  your  proxy  is  not  on  file  one  will  be  enclosed 
herein,  and  it  is  hoped  you  will  sign  and  return  it  to  the 




The  Board  of  Managers  take  much  pleasure  in  re¬ 
porting  that  the  grounds  and  finances  of  the  Park  are  in 
better  condition  than  for  many  years. 

We  have  lived  within  the  budget  of  estimated  ex¬ 
penses,  and  this  is  largely  due  to.  the  fact  that  oiling  the 
roads  have  made  them  stand  the  storms  and  wear  better 
while  the  surface  has  been  preserved. 

The  work,  however,  of  oiling  the  roads,  apportioning 
costs  and  collecting  the  money  has  been  a  very  trouble¬ 
some  proceeding,  but  we  feel  that  the  result  justified  the 
labor  and  we  recommend  a  continuance  of  the  practice. 

The  improved  lighting  system  lias  continued  suc¬ 
cessful,  and  many  calls  for  new  lights  are  made;  we  have 
had  no  money  to  increase  the  number  of  lamps  during  the 
past  year,  but  we  recommend  the  renewed  subscription 
and  increase  of  the  amount  so  that  more  lamps  may  be 
set  in  the  dark  places  for  the  safety  and  convenience  of 
traveling  at  night. 

The  matter  of  police  protection  has  called  for  much 
serious  consideration.  There  have  been  a  few  instances 
where  residents  have  been  annoyed  and  frightened,  where 
immediate  and  prompt.scryice  of  an  active  police  officer 
would  have  been  a  great  satisfaction,  and  we  feel  that  the 
time  has  come  when  additional  police  protection  is  a  ne¬ 
cessity.  We  recommend  that  the  subject  be  given  full 
consideration  at  the  meeting  of  the  Proprietors  and  per¬ 
haps  some  means  can  be  devised  that,  while  including 
proper  recognition  of  the  faithful  service  which  has  been 
rendered  to  us  for  so  many  years,  more  efficiency  and  ex¬ 
peditious  service  can  be  provided. 

We  again  call  the  attention  of  the  Proprietors  to  the 
fact  that  we  can  not  secure  the  luxury  and  pleasure  we 

enjoy  for  the  annual  assessment  under  the  deed  of  trust. 
As  a  matter  of  fact,  the  ten  dollars  tax  is  barely  one-half 
of  the  total  cost  of  maintenance  of  the  Park,  and  we  there¬ 
fore  suggest  that  the  voluntary  contributions,  which 
have  been  so  generous,  may  be  kept  up;  and,  wherever 
it  is  possible,  slightly  increased  and  that  the  Treasurer 
shall  have  the  satisfaction  of  receiving  your  sufiscription 
at  once,  for  whatever  you  are  willing  to  give,  in  order 
that  he  may  know  what  to  depend  upon  for  improving  the 
existing  conditions. 

We  are  indebted  to  the  Ladies’  Association  for  much 
work,  interest  and  help  in  planting  and  the  preservation 
of  shrubs  and  trees.  The  thanks  of  the  Proprietors  arc 

the  attendance  at  the  annual  meeting  on 
of  every  property  owner,  whether  a  resi¬ 
le  Park  or  not,  and  we  hope  that  general 

discussions  and  expression  of  opinion  as  to  the  manage¬ 
ment  will  take  place  so  that  the  Board  may  know  the 

wishes  of  the  Proprietors. 

The  Treasurer  has  annexed  a  budget  of  the  esti¬ 
mated  expenses  for  1916  and  made  comparisons  of  the 
past  year.  We  ask  your  careful  consideration  of  this  and 
that  you  sign  and  return  to.  the  Treasurer  the  annexed 
subscription  blank,  whether  you  have  done  so  before  or 

Yours  respectfully , 

Herbert  Barry  E.  Remington  Nichoi-s 

Charles  R.  Browning  John  W.  Vincent 

Robert  A.  Franks  Farnham  Yardley 

William  Read  Howe,  Chairman. 



Pay  Roll  and  Labor . $2,248.00 

Stone  and  Material .  786.39 

Oiling  Roads .  508.24- 

Lights .  2,036.56 

Police .  990.00 

General  Expenses,  Stable,  Re¬ 
pairs,  Taxes  and  Sundries..  1,014.82 

Interest  on  Loans .  89.78 

Planting  and  Care  of  Trees  and 

Shrubs .  50.00 




$7,723-79  $8,600.00 

The  estimated  revenue  from  Park  tax  at  $10  per 
acre  is  $4,050.  All  over  this,  as  well  as  any  shortage  in 
the  payment  of  taxes,  say  $4,600,  must  be  received  from 

Llewellyn  Park, 

January  10th,  1916. 
Mr.  John  W.  Vincent,  Treasurer. 

Dear  Sir:  For  the  purpose  of  providing  funds  for 
current  expenses  for  Llewellyn  Park  for  the  year  1916, 
I  will  contribute  the  same  amount  as  I  contributed 
during  the  year  1915,  and  will  add  thereto  $ 

Yours  truly, 

13*  +" 



Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Health  and  Diet  (E-16-45) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  well-known  idiosyncrasies  in  nutrition  and  sleep  habits.  Among  the 
items  for  1916  is  a  letter  from  84-year-old  textile  dealer  S.  L.  Warren 
mentioning  the  ideas  and  practices  of  Luigi  Cornaro,  a  sixteenth-century 
Venetian  architect,  humanist,  and  author  of  The  Art  of  Living  Long,  who  also 
influenced  Edison’s  dietary  habits.  Also  included  is  a  letter  from  Harvard 
student  Thomas  T.  Hoopes,  subsequently  professor  of  art  at  the  University  of 
Chicago  and  curator  of  the  City  Art  Museum  of  St.  Louis,  concerning  personal 
discipline  in  limiting  sleep. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  unsolicited  general  or  speculative 
inquiries,  marked  either  for  no  answer  or  for  a  form-letter  reply. 




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I  write  to  ask  a  favor  -  I  have  read 
much  of  reports  on  your  health  and  diet  with  very  great 
interest.  Y/ill  you  kindly  state  if  the  10  oz.  food  a 
day  is  food  as  served,  or  water  free  food.  Do  you  know 
if  Cornaro's  food  was  as  usually  servedor  water  free 
food.  I  am  84  years  plus  and  in  much  better  health 
than  20  years  ago  all  caused  by  reducing  my  diet.  I  had 
all  kinds  of  bilious  and  digestive  troubles  for  over  66 
years.  Some  years  ago  I  gave  up  Doctors  and  Medicines 
and  all  aches  and  pains  are  gone  by  good  diet.  I  eat 
very  little  and  often  as  Cornaro  did,  but  feel  I  am  still 
eating  too  much  for  my  age.  I  use  some  over  20  ozs.  food 
or  12  to  16  oz.  water  free  food.  It  will  be  a  very  great 
favor  to  get  your  report  on  above. 

Very  truly, 

S.  D.  V/arren. 

Hr.  Butler  is  a  warm  friend  of  mine  and  a  fine  man. 
Art  of  living  Dong  is  the  best  book  of  the  kind  I  ever 
read,  and  Cornaro's  rules  followed  would  be  sure  to  produce 
good  results. 

My  record  is  as  follows: 

13  yrs  on  Home  Farm 
3  "  Chair  Factory 

1  yr.  School 
10  yrs  Country  Store 

67  "  Woolens  and  trip  East  and  West  every 

year  and  never  missed  a  trip. 

^Thomas  A.  Edisc 
)  Park 
\  Orange,  N.J. 
Dear  Si r:- 

^  ioJr  vvt^xsi* 

,18  Holyoke  House 
^  Cambridge,  Mass. 

*  y  Ujruts  Nov#  6  1 9I6, 
A  Q,Loiaa  a.cb\ 

-Sir:-  V  fclo-  jCSS^wafl. 

During  the  past  fefrWrT^  haveread  u^th 
-  of  newspaper  and  magazine  art iclfs"3ea  ling  wntn  your  meth¬ 
ods  of  working  on  a  nineteen  hour  basjs^ h^j£r)ksin»^ars 
been  endeavoring  to  imitate  your  hardy,  example,  but  have  mej^with 
such  indifferent  success  that  I  have  at  length  determiner  to  take 
the  not -inconsiderable  liberty  of  requesting  you,  as  thkj,eading 
American  exponent  of  the  theory  of  “concentrated  sleep”,  to^o  me 
the  kindness  of  giving  me  some  of  the  benefit  of  your  expepj4nce 
as  regards  this  particular  subject.  / 

In  my,  own  endeavors  to  lengthen  my  working  day  Mohave 
attacked  the  problem  from  two  different  directions.  When  1  was 
at  preparatory  school  I  was  obliged  to  go  to  bed  regularly  at  ten 
or  ten-thirty  o'clock.  When, therefore,  I  wished  to  squeeze  in  an 
extra  hour  or  two  of  life,  I  was  obliged  to  get  up  at  from  three 
to  four  o'clock  in  the  morning.  For  two  or  three  years  I  did  this 
regularly  on  an  average  of  perhaps  twice  a  week  (except  during  the 
Summer  vacation),  and  I  found  that  I  was  physically  able  to  stand 
the  strain  without  any  trouble,  but  that  even  doing  it  as  seldom 
as  I  did,  I  was  uncomfortable.,  sleepy,  and  irritable  whenever  I  had 
less  than  seven  hours  sleep.  This  annoyance  could  be  allayed  some¬ 
what  by  eating  food  of  some  sort  or  other  immediately  upon  aris¬ 
ing,  and  by  tbking  a  hot  shower-bath  about  seven  o'clock. 

I  am  now  a  Sophomore  at  Harvard,  Specializing  in  Physics, 
with  especial  reference  to  high-frequency  electricity,  and  I 
feel  the  need  of  more  time  per  day  even  n 
here  conditions 'are  somewhat  different,  s 
use  a  slightly  different  method  of  obtaining  extra 
I  have  now  no  limit  on  my  time  of  retiring.  Moreover,  heat  is  so 
supplied  to  my  rooms  that  if  I  study  till  one  and  sleep  till  seven, 

I  can  do  all  my  work  in  a  warm  room,  whereas  if  I  go  to  bed  at 
eleven  and  get  up  at  four,  I  find  upon  arrislng  that  my,  room  is 
ice-cold  This  has,  of  course,  led  me  to  adopt  the  former  system 

3  than  formerly.  But 
>  that  I  am  obi iged  to 

.  Of  course 

of  timi 


But  no  matter  what  I  do,  I  am  unable  to  get  along  with 
an  six  hours  of  sleep,  and  even  with  that  number  I  am 

constantly  oppressed  with  sleepiness  and  lassitude.  lean  dispell 
this  by  drinking  large  ammounts  of  strong  coffee,  but  I  know  that 
this  Is  a  medically  unsafe  thing  to  do,  and,  if  1  have  read  aright, 
you  have  found  it  possible  to  regularly  require  but  five  hours  of 
sleep  a  night,  and  that  without  any  aid  other  than  force  of  habit, 

Can  you  not,  therefore,  Mr.  Edison,  give  me  a  little  advice 
in  this  matter?  You  are  the  only  American  who,  as  far  as  I  know, 
has  thoroughly  investigated  this  subject,  and  though  1  realize  that 
you  are  a  very  busy  man,  I  hope  that  you  can  find  the  time  to  do  this 
service  to  one  who,  though  he  has  never  met  you,  has  always  held  a 
strong  admiration  for  you  and  your  service  to  that  science  he,  as 
a  novice,  is  also  trying,  though  falteringl.y,  toserve.  I  remain, 

Mr.  Edison, 

Respectfully  yours. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Honors  and  Awards  (E-16-46) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison's  awards  and  honors.  Also  included  are  offers  of  distinctions  and 
awards,  as  well  as  invitations  to  ceremonies,  that  Edison  declined  because  of 
his  aversion  to  attending  formal  events.  Similar  material  can  be  found  in 
E-16-48  (Invitations). 

Among  the  documents  for  1916  is  a  letter  from  Charles  F.  Thwing, 
president  of  Western  Reserve  University  in  Cleveland,  regarding  an  honorary 
degree,  along  with  an  invitation  from  the  New  Jersey  State  Federation  of 
Women's  Clubs  to  a  tree  planting  ceremony  on  the  Lincoln  Highway.  Both 
letters  contain  a  notation  by  Edison  instructing  his  secretary  to  "get  me  out." 

Approximately  50  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  letters  of  congratulation  for  various 
awards  that  Edison  had  received  or  was  believed  to  have  received. 

5l5eto  Jersey  State  jfeberatton  of  Women's  Clubs 

A'"t“or-  MR3'  CHABtra  A.  lATUAW,  17  PleAMnt  Plato,  A^‘"^“TMK!JT  chairmen 

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at-C^cU^t,  7 

Hovoubor  21,1010 

lire  .William  1.1,  iVautorc, 

'  020  Avonuod, 

Bayonno,  I!.J. 

Dear  Madam;  ' 

1  am  '.;aito  in  sympathy  with  tho  idea 
of  the  planting  of  frees  on  the  Lincoln  Highway, 
but  1  shall  have  to '  disappoint  you  in  roperd  to 
ray  personal  attendance  at- tho  free  planting.  Cor- 

ore  to  taco 
ivin-  Day. 

I  almost  never  make  an  am  ointment  for 
a  future  date.  It  is  almost  impossible  for  on 
lisporimenter,  like  myself,  to  do  so,  as  ouo  may 
bo  engaged. in  a  series  of  imoortant  investigations 
and  it  vrould  bo  ruito  disastrous  to  thoir  succoes  if 
compelled  to  loavo  it  to  fulfill  an  appointment 
raado  some  time- beforohand.  my  situation, 
and  &t  this  timo  I  am  unable  to  make  any  ar.point- 
monle  for  -the  future. 

I  must  ash,  therefore,  that  you  will 
kindly  excuse  mo. 

fours  very  truly. 


on  Thursday,  the  14th  of  June. 

I  hag  to  remain,  with 
considerations  of  great  respect, 

Ever  yours, 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Esquire. 

The  Trustees  of  Western 
Besorve  University  would  he  glad 
to  honor  themselves  by  conferring 
upon  you  a^honorary  degree.  It 
has  oocurred  to  me,  as  represent¬ 
ing  them,  that,  by  reason  of  your 
early  association  with  this  part 
of  the  world,  suoh  recognition 
might  not  be  altogether  ungrate¬ 
ful  to  you. 

The  normal  time  of  con¬ 
ferring  it  would  be  at  the  next 
annual  Conmenooment,  which  falls 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Insurance  (E-16-47) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
both  corporate  and  personal  insurance.  The  selected  items  for  1916  consist 
primarily  of  correspondence  between  Edison's  assistant  secretary,  Richard  W. 
Kellow,  and  the  firm  of  Owens  &  Phillips  in  regard  to  insurance  on  Edison's 
benzol  plants  in  Pennsylvania  and  Alabama.  Included  is  discussion  of 
buildings,  stock,  and  employee  health. 

Approximately  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  include  additional  correspondence  regarding  plant  and  worker 
insurance,  items  relating  to  insurance  payments,  bills  for  Edison's  personal 
automobile  insurance,  policy  cancellations,  and  financial  correspondence  with 
the  Ocean  Accident  &  Guarantee  Corp. 


Mr.  H.  P.  Millar,  Sec'y, 
IJr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange ,H. J. 

3>5>x*r  Burlt. 

January  18th,  1916, 

Dear  Sir:- 

nwnMAR  A.  ED  IS  OH.  WO  OP  WARD .  ALA . 

Will  you  kindly  advise  us  if  the  present 
insurance  of  $89,000.  oovering  buildings,  machinery 
and  stook  of  the  Benzole  Plant  at  tho  above  location 
is  suffioient  to  oovar  you  under  the  9C#  0°"l“S£rance 
Clause,  which  required  that  all  property  covered  by 
the  insurance  be  insured  within  at  least  90#  of  the 
value  of  the  property. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  your  kind 
we  remain. 


MEMORANDUM  MARCH  17,  1916. 

Per  directions  of  Mr.  H.  F.  Miller,  directed  Owens  and 
Phillips  (Mr.  Tully),  by  telephone,  to  place  at  once  $15,000 
insurance  on  stock  at  Johnstown  plant.  (Toh^P/*£d  sa^b  sate  e/  t-srre 

Owens  and  Phillips  will  rfiquire  a  diagram  of  the  property, 
which  Mr.  Mason  will  get  out,  having  Johnstown  sketch  in  the 
location  of  tanks  containing  stock  which  have  been  recently 
constructed.  Asked  Mr.  Mason  (and  Mr.Herter  by  Mr.  Masont 
(directions)  to  arrange  to  have  this  diagram  furnished  to  me. 

Asked  Mr.  Meadowcroft  by  telephone  to  send  me  daily  Johnstown 
Plant's  reports  of  stock  on  hand,  so  that  1  may  keep  in  touch 
with  the  situation  and  keep  sufficient  insurance  in  forae  ade¬ 
quately  tocover  stock.  Mr.  Meadowcroft  will  send  them  to  me 
daily,  I  to  return  them  to  him  very  promptly  so  that  they  can 
be  placed  before  Mr.  Edison  in  good  season. 

Make  a  form  for  keeping  track  of  the  value  of  stock  on  hand. 


©mere*  &  plfillip* 




^Maroh  X8th,  1916 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

Attention  of  Mr.  Kellow 
Dear  Sir:- 

In  aooord  with  your  telephone  instructions - 
we  heg  to  anolose  herein  copies  of  the  Compensation 
Daws  of  the  Pennsylvania  and  Hew  Jersey.  As  the 
State  of  Alabama  has  no  oompensation  law  in  effect, 
we  are  unable  to  forward  a  oopy  of  same.  If  how¬ 
ever,  there  la  any  particular  information  you  de¬ 
sire,  in  connection  with  the  liability  laws  of 
this  State,  we  would  be  pleased  to  get  whatever  in¬ 
formation  you  desire. 


liarch  20,  1916. 

liosers.  Gwens  S:  Phillips, 

#93-#99  Hassau  3t., 

How  York  City. 

G  entloman: 

Please  aooopt  my  thanks  for  your  letter  of  the 
18th  enclosing  copies  of  the  Compensation  low's  of  the 
States  of  Pennsylvania  and  i:ov  -Jersey.  I  note  what  you 
have  to  say  regarding,  the  Compensation  Laws  for  State  of 
Alabama,  and  understand  from  your  letter  that  no  ouch 
law  is  in  effect  in  that  State  at  present. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Mr.  Edison: 

After  our  talk  the  other  day  X  immediately  took  up  the  in¬ 
surance  matter  in  connection  with  the  Woodward  and  Johnstown 
plants.  You  will  find  reports  from  lit-.  Kellow  attached. to  this 

Mr*  Kellow  and  I  were  talking  this  matter  over  yesterday 
and  Mr-  Mason  came  in  and  said  that  you  would  like  to  have  the 
insurance  so  arranged  that  the  Toluol  would  he  insured  for  prac¬ 
tically  its  contract  value. 

You  could  not  do  this  under  a  straight^ fire  insurance  policy, 
hut  we  would  have  to  take  out  a  separate  policy,  as  you  would  he 
insuring  your  profits.  It  is  not  at  all  an  easy  question  how  to 
accomplish  it,  and  Mr.  Kellow  and  I  have  had  a  long  conference  with 
our  insurance  people. 

It  would  he  an  easy  enough  matter  to  apply  for  insurance  of 
this  kind  .  if  our  stock  was  constant,  hut  it  fluctuates  from  day 
to  day,  and  it  is  against  the  laws  of  some  of  ths  states  to  insure 
on  an  average  daily  valuation. 

let  me  say,  however t that  our  insurance  people  have  the  matter 
under  consideration,  and  will  try  and  suggest  a  plan  to  us.  In 
the  meantime,  we  have  put  a  little  increased  insurance  which  covers 
our  present  stock  at  cost. 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Invitations  (E-16-48) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
banquets,  luncheons,  lectures,  and  special  events  to  which  Edison  was 
invited.  Similar  material  can  be  found  in  E-16-46  (Honors  and  Awards). 
Among  the  items  for  1916  is  a  letter  from  John  H.  Finley,  President  of  the 
State  University  of  New  York,  regarding  a  convocation  at  which  Edison  was 
awarded  an  honorary  degree.  Also  included  are  letters  from  Richard  C 
Maclaurin,  president  of  the  Massachusetts  Institute  of  Technology,  and  Arthur 
E  Kennelly,  former  chief  electrician  at  the  West  Orange  laboratory, 
attempting  to  convince  Edison  to  come  to  Cambridge  for  the  dedication  of 
MIT's  new  campus. 

Less  than  10  percent  of  documents  have  been  selected.  In  addition  to 
several  other  items  about  the  MIT  ceremony,  the  unselected  documents 
pertain  to  a  wide  variety  of  events  that  Edison  did  not  even  consider 
attending,  such  as  weddings,  a  Russian  bazaar,  a  citrus  tour,  a  cornerstone 
laying  at  a  home  for  the  blind,  a  farewell  dinner  for  Japanese  dye  engineers 
a  highway  extension  opening,  and  a  minstrel  show.  Some  of  the  items  bear 
Edison  marginalia  indicating  that  the  reply  should  state  he  was  too  busy 
experimenting  to  attend. 

Dear  Mr.  Edison: 

0}  U««*.  j 



A  few  years  ago  the  Massachusetts  Institute  >_, 

hdW  «•■<> 

of  Technology  purchased  a  8^°^f l^tSCt  J 
Charles  River  in  Cambridge^ ind  for  the  last  two  yearns 

1^,  bui^ld^ngsioji^ttotg^^CA.t^rlrt 

_ _ .„£5&*r‘S-i9Po 


has  been  busily  engaged  ip  ereotini 

Cio-t*-**-"'  .. 

site  for  its  future  home.  These  buildings 
formally  dedicated  on  Y/ednesdajg,  the  fourteenth  of 
June,  and  it  would  be  a  great  gratification  to  the^ 
thousands  of  alumni  and  friends  of  the  Institute 


you  and  Mrs.  Edison  oould  be  present  on  the  occas^c 
The  celebrations  are  to  close  wi^h  a  banquet  in  Symphony 
Hall  and  through  the  oourtesy  of  the  American  Telephone 
and  Telegraph  Company  it  has  been  arranged  that  that 
Kali  should  be  connebted:;by:;telephone  with  the  headquarters 
of  nearly  forty  Technology  alumni  associations  scattered 
throughout  the  length  and  breadth  of  the  United  States. 

It  would  be  mostjgratifying  to  all  these  friends  of  the 
Institute  in  different  parts  of  the  country  to  learn  that 
you  were  present  and  sacrificing  your  time  and  energy  to 
demonstrate  your  interest  in  Technology. 

Yours  sinoerely. 

H/W.-  / 

r.  Thomas  A*  Edison, 
West  Orgnge,  H.  J. 


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membership  all  the  eohools  of  the  State,  and  whioh  sits  con¬ 
tinually  as  on  educational  Providence,  though  it  can  olaim 

neither  omnlsoienoe  or  omnipotence.  At  the  Convocation  j 

for  this  year,  to  ho  held  on  the  19th  and  20th  of  October,  j 

we  ere  proposing  to  devote  one  session  to  the  Spoken  Word, 
one  to  the  Written  Word,  end  one  to  the  Piotured  Word. 

So  supremely  largo  has  been  your  part  in  making  the  picture 
of  holp  in  the  education  of  ohild  and  adult,  that  we  oro 
wishing  you  to  be  our  speoiol  guest  o.t  the  session  when 

the  piotured  word  is  to  be  disoussod.  This  will  bo  on  j 

Friday  evening,  Ootober  20th.  If  the  evening  of  the  19th  ! 

or  the  afternoon  of  the  20th  would  be  a  more  convenient  time,  | 

we  should  be  glad  to  moke  the  shift.  We  should,  of  oourse, 
be  wishing  you  to  take  some  part  in  the  dlBoussion,  but  that 
may  be  as  brief  and  informal  as  you  like.  Our  possessing 

desire  is  that  you  shall  be  visibly  lire  sent.  j 


Thorns  A.  Edison,  Esq. 

With  oordlal  regard,  I  am, 
Sinoerely  yours 

omas  A.  Edison,  Esq. 
Llewellyn  Park 
Orange,  H.  J. 

^  si  uJcar 

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Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Lectures  [not  selected]  (E-16-49) 

This  folder  contains  requests  for  Edison  or  members  of  his  staff  to  deliver 
lectures  or  speeches.  The  documents  for  1916  include  requests  for  Edison  to 
speak  on  subjects  ranging  from  electricity  to  inter-coastal  waterways  to 
audiences  such  as  the  ladies  of  Denver  and  the  Empire  Club  of  Canada.  None 
of  the  letters  received  a  substantive  reply. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Legal  -■  General  (E-16-50) 

This  folder  contains  documents  relating  to  general  legal  topics.  Among 
the  items  for  1916  are  interoffice  communications  pertaining  to  Edison  s 
involvement  with  Dr.  Charles  Baskerville  in  a  patented  process  using  nickel 
flake  as  a  catalyst  for  industrial  organic  chemistry. 

Only  two  of  the  seven  documents  have  been  selected.  The  remaining 
items  relate  to  copyright  and  other  routine  legal  matters  involving  Charles 
Edison  and  general  counsel  Delos  Holden. 

Mr.  H.  E.  Miller: 

Mr.  Edison  is  interested  with  Prof.  Charles  Baskerville 
in  a  patented  process  in  whioh  Mickel  Elake  is  used.  Is  there  a 
contract  existing  with-  Dr-  Baskerville  and  can  you  give  me  any  in¬ 
formation  at  all  about  the  matter? 


July  20th.  1916. 

Ur.  Holden: 

Sometime  ago  you  did  some  work  for  Ur.  Edison  in  connection  v-ith 
the  negotiation  and  preparation  of  an  agreement  with  Charles  Basker- 
ville  having  reference  to  the  use  of  Ur.  EdiBon’s  nickol  flako  as  a 
catalyzer  in  the  separation  ana  concentration  of  hard  fats.  From  what 
Mr.  Edison  has  said  to  me,  X  take  it  that  this  entire  matter  has  hung 
firo  for  quite  a  long  while,  and  I  understand  from  him  that  tho  matter 
has  not  yet  he on  eonsumated. 

X  want  to  find  out  the  present  status  of  tho  matter.  It  is 
possible  that  Ur.  Edison  may  he  approached  hy  someone  else  with  a 
proposition  to  use  the  nickol  flake  for  the  samo  purpose,  and  I  want 
to  ascertain  how  far  UT.  Edison  is  tied  up  if  at  all.  Havo  you  a 
copy  of  Baskorville's  patent? 


Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Legal  -  Legal  Department  (E-16-51) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
Legal  Dept,  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  and  the  administration  of  Edison's  legal 
affairs.  Included  are  items  pertaining  to  a  contract  between  the  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  and  A.  Klipstein  &  Co.  for  the  supply  of  potash.  Also  included  are 
two  detailed  weekly  reports,  signed  by  general  counsel  Delos  Holden,  of  work 
conducted  for  the  Edison  companies  by  the  Legal  Dept. 

All  of  the  documents  have  been  selected  except  for  one  letter  of 
transmittal  from  1 920. 

February  16,  1916, 


Mr.  William  Meadoworoft, 


The  Klipstein  agreement  provides  for  the  supplying  of 
oaustio  potash  for  11  months  covering  a  period  from  February  1,  1915 
to  December  31,  1915.  I  am  informed  by  Mr.  John  Miller  that  we  did 
not  receive  any  German  potash  during  this  period  from  Klipstein. 

The  Oil,  Faint  and  Drug  Reporter  shows  imports  to  Klipstein  from 
Rotterdam  of  187,531  pounds  in  March  1916  and  no  other  imports  during 
this  period..  We  cannot  get  any  additional  information  on  this 

The  question  now  is  whether  or  not  you  wish  us  to  bring  a 
suit  against  this  ooneern.  In  oase  we  should  bring  a  suit,  we  could 
require  them  to  answer  interrogatories  along  this  line  and  might  get 


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Matters  taken  up  in  Washington: 

Searoh  for  patents  on  disc  reoord  filing  system. 
(Edison  Phono.  Works  -  7  l/2  hrs.) 

Infringement  searoh  on  proposed  cover  for  spring 
motor  barrel  of  amusement  phonograph.  (EdiBon  Phonograph 
Works  -  7  1/2  hrs.) 

Infringement  search  on  new  electrically  driven 
phonograph.  (Edison  Phonograph  Works  -  4  hrs.) 

Hinged  Cover  Support  & 
Works  -  2  l/2  hrs.) 

searoh  on  lid  support  of  Chicago 
Balance  Co.  (Edison  Phonograph 

Matter  of  license  under  Sanders  patents  on  disc  rec¬ 
ords:  Conferring  with  olerks  of  Mr.  Sanders.  Conference  with 

Mr.  Sanders.  (Disc  Eeoord  Mfg.  Div.  -  4  1/4  hrs.) 

Weekly  examination  of  Official  Gazette  to  find  patents 
which  may  affect  our  business.  Going  over  current  patents  and 
ordering  missing  copies.  (Snmx  Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  2  3/4  hrs.) 

Consideration  of  references  found  in  infringement  search 
on  cover  for  spring  motor  barrel  for  anusement  phonograph.  Con¬ 
ference  with  Mr.  Holden.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Constable.  (Edison 
Phono.  Works  -  1  hr.) 

Consideration  of  references  found  in  infringement  searoh 
on  lid  support  of  Chicago  Hinged  Cover  Support  &  Balance  Co. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Holden.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Constable. 

(Edison  phonograph  Works  -  1  1/4  hrs.) 

Going  over  oopies  of  patentB  relating  to  filing  systems. 
(Edison  Phonograph  Works  -  1  hr.) 

Consideration  of  papers  relating  to  Sanders  patents. 
Conference  with  Mr.  Holden.  (Diso  Record  Mfg.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gilmore  in  regard  to  proposed  diso 
record  filing  system.  Infringement  searoh  o*  propose  *  ’ 

Conference  with  Mr.  Gilmore.  (Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  2  3/4  hrs.) 

Going  over  agreement  between  Edison  Storage  Battery 
Company  and  Edison  Storage  Battery  Supply  Company.  Telephonic 
conference  with  Mr.  Mudd  with  respect  thereto.  (Edison  Storage 
Battery  Co.  -  l/2  hr.) 

Getting  up  list  of  all  patents  issued  in  the  last 
three  years  relating  to.  dictating  machines  for  Mr.  Holland. 
(Dictating  Machine  Division  -  1/2  hr.) 

Duncan-Shelly  interference:  letter  to  Mr.  Shelly. 
(Suit  Ho.  79  -  1/4  hr. ) 

Infringement  searoh  on  electrically  driven  phonograph. 
(Edison  Phonograph  Works  -  2  hrs.) 

Consideration  of  references  found  in  searoh  on  proposed 
automatic  stop  mechanism  and  conference  with  Mr.  Holden.  (Edison 
Phonograph  Works  -  3/4  hr.) 

Consideration  of  action  received  in  application  folio 
985  relating  to  the  manufacture  of  cylinder  records.  (Cylinder 
Record  Division  -  l/4  hr.) 

Income  tax  penalties  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  and  Edison 
Phonograph  Works:  letters  to  Mr.  Chevrier  andMr.  lynch.  ^  Fur¬ 

ther  work  on  claims  for  abatement. 

Inc.  and  Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  1  hr. 

(Secretarial  Service,  Edison, 

HoClure  Publications,  Inc.  contract:  Going  over  final 

draft.  (Motion  Picture  Division  -  1  hr.  -  . 

Memorandum  to  Mr.  Musk  re  common  drinking  cups  and 
roller  towels.  (Secretarial  Servioe  -  l/4  hr.) 

Clendenen  vs.  Edison,  Inc:  Preparation  of  letter  to 
Mr.  Graf  and  sending  off  copies  of  exhibits  in  proposed  stipu¬ 
lation.  (Suit  Ho.  68-3  hra.) 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company  bond  issue:  Memorandum 
to  Mr.  Mudd.  Going  over  mortgage  form,  eto.  (Edison  Storage 
Battery  Company  -  2  hrs.) 

Clendenen  vs.  Edison,  Inc.:  conferring  with  Mr.  Wilson 

and  arranging  for  letter  from  him  to  Mr.  Graf.  (Suit  Ho.  68  - 
1/2  hr.) 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Wilson  re  McClure  Company  oontraot. 
(Motion  Pioture  Division  -  l/2  hr.) 

Income  tax  penalties:  Preparation  of  protest  on  be- 
.  half  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Mambert. 
(Secretarial  Servioe  -  1  hr.) 

Short  conference  with  Mr.  H.  F.  Miller  re  Edison  Phono¬ 
graph  Works  bonds.  Preliminary  work  on  new  bond  issue.  (Treasury 
Department,  Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  1  1/2  hrs. 

looking  up  inheritance  tax  law  in  connection  with  transfer 
of  Edison  Storage  Battery  Company's  stock.  Memorandum  to  Mr. 
Miller.  (Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Going  over  assignments  sent  by  Hr.  Xi.  Vf.  MoChesney  to 
be  reoorded.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  MoChesney.  letter  to  Copyright 
Office.  (Motion  Picture  Division  -  3  hrs.). 

Going  over  license  from  Hew  Jersey  Patent  Company  to 
Condensite  Co.  of  .America.  (Disc  Record  Mfg.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  bond  issue:  Conference  with 

Mr.  Mudd  and  Mr.  I.  Baohmann.  Preparation  of  preliminary  draft 
of  mortgage  to  secure  bonds,  etc,  (Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  - 
6  hrs.  ) 

Higham  Swedish  patent,  question  of  working:  Conferring 
with  Mr.  Holden.  letter  to  Brandon  Bros.  (General  Expense, 
Kinetophone  -  1/2  hr. ) 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  bond  issue:  Conference 

with  Messrs.  Humbert,  Mudd,  H.  F.  Miller  and  RobihSon;.  Arrang¬ 
ing  for  conference  with  Mr.  Egner.  Conferring  with  Mr.  Egner 
and  Mr.  Mambert  at  Fidelity  Trust  Company  office  in  Hewark. 
(Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  -  6  1/2  hrs.) 

Short  conference  with  Mr.  Wilson  re  McClure  Co.  contract, 
phone  conference  with  Mr«  Yfeher  re  "Where  love  Is"*  [Motion 
Picture  Division  -  l/2  hr.) 

Preliminary  work  on  amendment  of  oontraot  between  Mr. 
Edison,  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  Edison  Accumulators  ltd.  and 
J.  F.  Monnot.  Conferring  with  Mr.  Hutohison.  Preparation  of 
slips  showing  proposed  ohangeB  and  comments  thereon.  Memorandum 
to  Mr.  Edison.  looking  into  question  of  working  of  British 
lithium  patent.  (l/2  Mr.  Edison,  l/2  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  - 
5  1/2  hrs.) 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  bond  issue:  Going  over 
Public  Service  Company's  mortgage  form.  (Edison  Storage  Battery 
Co.  -  2  1/2  hrs.) 

•  Conferring  with  Messrs.  Hudson  and  Holden  re  recording 
licenses  under  Sohoenmehl  patents.  (Primary  Battery  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Dictating  draft  of  amended  agreement  between  Mr.  Edison, 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  Edison  Accumulators  ltd.  and  Monnot. 
(l/2  Mr.  Edison,  l/2  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  -  2  hrs.) 

In  regard  to  the  payment  of  premiums  on  fire  insurance 
policies:  Conference  with  Mr.  Frost  and  looking  up  law. 

(Insurance  Service  Sept.  -  3  hrs.) 

Revision  of  lloense  from  Hew  Jersey  Patent  Company  to 
Condensite  Company  of  America.  3eouring  execution  of  license. 
(General  Expense  -  1  hr.) 

Attending  meeting  of  Forest  Hill  Protective  Association. 
(l/2  T.A.  Edison  personal,  l/4  Chemical  Wks,  1/4  Carholio  Acid 
Div.  -  3  hrs.) 

In  regard  to  purchase  of  Mondo  property  on  Alva  St. , 
Bloomfield:  Arranging  for  obtaining  abstract  of  title. 

(T.A.  Edison  personal  -  1  hr.) 

In  regard  to  registration  of  trade  mark  "Diamond"  in 
Cuba:  Preparation  of  power  of  attorney.  (Musical  Phonograph 

Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

incorporation  of  Bruno’s  Weekly,  Ino.:  preparation  of 

agreement  of  sale  of  property  for  stock  and  suitable  resolutions 
in  connection  with  said  sale.  Preparation  of  form  for  subscrip¬ 
tion  to  oapital  stook.  (Bruno’s  Weekly,  Ino.  -  2  l/2  hrs.) 

Re  claim  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino.  against  laurel gh, 
bankrupt:  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden  and  Philips.  looking 

up  bankruptcy  law.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  PhilipB  and  Leonard. 
Preparation  of  proof  of  claim.  (Musioal  phono.  Div.  -  4  hrs.) 

Getting  together  various  letters  for  United  States 
attorney.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  4  hrs.) 

Re  damage  to  aer  tube  heater:  Looking  over  correspondence. 

Consideration  of  drawings.  Investigation  of  facts.  (Edison 
Phonograph  Works  -  31/4  hrs.) 

Real  estate  matters  in  oonneotion  with  bond  issue  of 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.:  Conference  with  Messrs.  Lanahan  and 

Mudd.  Preparation  of  dead  of  West  Orange  property,  of  leas  and 
deed  for  Silver  lake  property,  lease  of  property  on  east  side  of 
AHhland  Avenue,  and  bills  of  sale  for  oontents  of  buildings, 
looking  up  law  in  New  York  law  library.  (EdiBon  Storage  Battery 
Co.  -  11  1/4  hrs.) 

Trip  to  Hewark.  (Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  2  hrs.) 

Filing  application  for  registration  of  Edison  Storage 
Battery  Supply  Co.  in  the  State  of  Massachusetts.  (Edison  Stor¬ 
age  Battery  Supply  Co.  -  l/4  hr.) 

looking  up  Hew  Jersey  law  to  asoertain  whether  it  is 
neoessary  to  show  on  a  negotiable  instrument  given  in  payment  of 
a  patent  right  that  it  is  given  in  payment  of  the  same.  (Disc 
Reoord  Mfg.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Miscellaneous  correspondence.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  - 

3  hrs  . ) 

Going  over  correspondence  with  Fletcher  Bros., 

Vancouver,  B.  C.,  Canada  with  regard  to  their  sub-agent,  Walker 
at  Prinoe  Rupert,  B.  C.  (Musical  Phono,  Div.  -  1  hr.) 

Going  over  proposed  contract  with  Universal  Appraisal  Co 
for  appraisal  of  personal  property  in  Mr.  Edison's  residenoe  and 
memorandum  to  Mr.  Edison  concerning  same. 

(T.  A.  Edison  personal  -  1  hr.) 

Going  over  town  file  of  Oakland,  Calif,  regarding  Central 
Music  Parlors,  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr.) 

Interview  with  Messrs.  Gillum,  Drummond  and  Hioolai 
(Messrs. Gillum  and  Drummond,  Aoting  Mayor  and  Counoilman  of 
West  Orange)  regarding  smoke  nulsanoe  of  Edison  Phono,  Wks. 

(Ed.  Phono.  Wks.  -  1  hr.) 

Going  over  Folio  616,  Peter  Weber,  Phonographs,  concern¬ 
ing  final  rejection.  (Ed,  Phono.  Wks,  -  1  hr.) 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Edison  and  with  Mr.  Mason  the  situ¬ 
ation  as  regards  the  Davey  property,  Silver  lake. 

(1/2  I.  A.  Edison,  1/4  Chemical  Wks,  l/4  Carbolio  Div.  - 
3/4  hr. ) 

Going  over  various  contracts  for  purchase  of  soenarioB 
concerning  the  question  of  recording  them  and  discussing  the  same 
with  Mr.  Banahan.  (Motion  Picture  Div.  -  l/2  hr.) 

Disoussing  with  Messrs.  Edison  and  Maxwell  the  proposed 
suits  against  the  Sonora  Co.  and  the  Sonora  dealer,  McCabe. 

(Suit  Ho.  71)-  1  1/2  hr  a.) 

Going  over  Philadelphia  Town  File  in  regard  to  E.  V. 
Martin.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr.) 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Maxwell  the  Sonora  suit  and  ques¬ 
tion  of  unfair  competition.  (Suit  Ho.  71  -  l/2  hr.) 

Disoussing  with  Mr.  Wilson  the  triple  damage  suits  and 
question  of  Information  Clearing  Housed 

(Suit  Ho.  76  -  1/2  hr.) 

&  E.  Piano 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Wilson  the  smoke  nuisance  of  Edison 
Phono.  Wks.  (  Ed.  Phono.  Wks.  -  l/4  hr.) 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Wilson  what  we  should  do  with  respect 
to  Mr.  Irwin’s  claim  for  compensation  in  connection  with  settlement 
of  Greater  H.  Y.  Eilm  Rental  Suit.  (Suit  Ho.  69  -  1/2  hr.) 

Going  over  with  Mr.  Philips  various  details  of  our  claim 
against  Houston  Phono.  Co.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Going  over  reports  and  correspondence  in  regard  to  Evans 
Book  Store,  Pittsburg,  Has.  regarding  price  cutting. 

(Musical  Phono.  Div.  1/2  hr.) 

Going  over  town  file  of  Tiffin,  Ohio,  concerning  A.  1. 
i  Co.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  l/2  hr.) 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Lanahan  the  proposed  bond  issue  of 
Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.  (E.  S.  B.  Co.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Consideration  of  various  assignments,  options,  eto. 
relating  to  Sanders  patents  in  order  to  pass  upon  the  question  of 
title  of  the  patents  under  whioh  we  are  purchasing  a  license. 

(Disc  Record  Mfg.  Div.  -  4  hrs.) 

Disoussing  with  Mr.  Wilson  the  policy  to  be  pursued  by 
Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.  with  respeot  to  any  further  proceedings 
on  the  Datham  patent.  (M.  P.  Div.  -  1/4  hr.) 

Going  over  correspondence  with  Campos  and  disoussing 
with  Mr.  Stevens  the  copyright  situation  in  Spain. 

(Export  Div.  -  1  hr.)  / 

Going  over  town  file  of  Ereeport,  Ill.  concerning 
Allington.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr) 

Trip  to  Prosecutor's  office,  Newark. 

(E.  P.  Wks.  -  2  3/4  hrs.) 

Disoussing  with  Mr.  Hudson  the  question  of  whether  or  _ 
not  we  should  reoord  the  patent .lioenses  received  from  Sohoenmehl 
concerning  primary  batterieB.  (Primary  Battery  -  1/2  hr.) 

Consideration  of  the  question  of  what  is  necessary  to 
be  done  for  the  working  of  British  Pat.  401  of  1908  relating  to 
the  use  of  lithium  in  storage  batteries.  ,  .  . 

(E.  A.  Edison  personal  -Eor.  Stor.  Bat.  -  3/4  hr.) 

Going  over  town  file  of  Grand  Porks,  H, 
Stone  Piano  Co.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr, 

,D.  concerning 

D1 sous  sing  with  Mr.  Mason  the  Davey  situation. 

(1/2  E.A.E.  -  l/4  Chem.  Wks.  -  l/4  Carholio  Div.  -  1/2  hr.) 

Discussing  with  Mr.  Wilson  the  question  of  common 
counsel  in  the  triple  damage  suits.  ' 

(Suit  No.  76  -  1/2  hr.) 

Consideration  of  Eat.  No.  1,170,997  in  connection  with 
with  proposed  electric  braking  mechanism  to  he  uBed  on  our 
instruments.  (Ed.  Phono.  Wks.  -  1  hr.) 

One  U.  S.  Application  Piled. 


Interference  of  Malthaner  vb.  Holland:  Oonferenoe  with 
Mr.  Holland:  Consideration  of  motion  to  dissolve  made  toy  Holland, 
and  oonferenoes  with  Messrs  Holden  and  Hardy  in  regard  to  same. 
[Suit  Ho.  99  -  5-1/4  hrs. ,  $21.00) 

Consideration  of  allowed  application  folio  1069,  CELLU¬ 
LOID  RECORD  BLANKS.  [Cylinder  Record  Div.  -  1  hr. ,  $4.00) 

Correspondence  in  regard  to  names  "Edison"  and"Diamond": 
Examination  of  various  agreements  in  regard  to  same:  Miscellaneous 
matters  relating  to  Musical  Phonograph  Dealers.  (Musioal  Phono. 
Div.  -  6-1/2  hrs.,  #26.00) 

Preparation  of  petition  to  Commissioner  of  refusal  to 
enter  amendment  in  folio  1020,  METHOD  AND  APPARATUS  FOR  PACKING 
MATERIAL .  [Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  -  3  hrs.,  $12.00) 

Various  oonferenoes  with  Mr.  Lanahan  in  regard  to  suit 
of  Thomas  Ai  Edison,  Incorporated,  against  Hopkins.  [Suit  No.  69  - 
2-1/2  hrs.,  #10.00) 

Conference  with  Messrs  Wilson  and  Holden  in  regard  to 
Hampton  notes.  (General  Div.  -  General  Film,  1/4  hr.,  $.1.00) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Erwin  in  regard  to  report  to  Federal 
Trade  Commission.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  l/2  hr., $2.00) 

Amendment  of  folio  1026,  Jonas  W.  Aylsworth,  SOUND 
RECORDS.  [Disc  Reoord  Mfg.  Co.  -  2-1/2  hrs.,  $10.00) 

Re  transfer  of  certain  buildings  and  land  from  Edison 
Phono.  Works  to  T.A.E.,  Inc.  Various  oonferenoes  and  miscellane¬ 
ous.  (Edison  Phono.  Works  -  l/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Durand  in  regard  to  Chisholm  patent 
and  letter  to  Mr.  Siggers  in  regard  to  same.  [Dictating  Maoh.Div.- 
1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

looking  over  patents  on  phonograph  designs  made  toy  Mr. 
Frenoh.  (Edison  Phono.  Works  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

looking  up  lease  on  10  Fifth  Ave.  and  oonferenoe  with 
Messrs  Kellow  and  Fox  in  regard  to  suggested  leaBe  for  part  ocf 
said  premises^Diot. Mach..  Div.  (T.A.E.  personal  -  1/2  hr.  ,$2,00) 

Examination  of  Higham  Russian  application  in  connection 
with  statement  of  Brandon  Bros.  (Gen.  Div.  -  Kinetophone  -  1/2 
hr.,  $2.00) 


Ee  property  on  Columbia  Street  to  be  purchased,  by  us: 
Preparation  of  deeds:  Conference  with  Mr.  Homewood  in  regard  to 
title.  [General  Div.  -  3-1/2  hrs.,  $14.00) 

Going  over  executed  copies  of  Pitts  applications  on 
designs  for  Amberola  50  and  A75  instruments.  (Edison  Phono. Wks.- 
l/2  hr,  $2.00) 

Conference  with  Mr,  Kellow  in  regard  to  Certificates  of 
Payment  of  Capital  Stock  and  various  other  matters  relating  to 
Edison  Phonographs,  ltd. , and  Phonographs  limited.  (1  hr. ,$4.00  - 
half  Edison  Phonographs,  ltd.,  half  Phonographs  limited) 

Discussing  with  our  new  Supervisor,  Mr.  Martin,  the 
Edison  License  Agreement.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

Going  over  Mason  application,  folio  1020,  METHOD  AND 
APPAEATUS  POE  PACKING  MATEEIAL,  to  determine  whether  or  not  to 
file  a  petition  to  the  Commissioner  for  the  entry  of  the  last 
amendment.  (Edison  Portland  Cement  Co.  -  1-1/2  hrs.,  $6.00) 

Going  over  town  file  of  Vancouver,  Washington,  in  regard 
to  the  Vancouver  Stationery  Co.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr., 

Going  over  town  files  of  Waurika  and  Temple,  Okla,  con¬ 
cerning  the  reinstatement  of  Dealers.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  - 
2  hrs.,  $8.00) 

Discussing  with  MT.  Maxwell  the  question  of  whether  or 
not  we  should  organize  a  Canadian  corporation  to  handle  certain 
of  our  manufacturing  in  Canada.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1-1/2 
hrs.,  $6.00) 

Correspondence  concerning  settlement  of  Pacific  Coast 
jobbers.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Disoussing  with  Messrs  Maxwell  and  Moses  the  situation 
at  Denver  as  regards  Hext  Music  Co.  and  correspondanoe.  (Musioal 
Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Disoussing  with  Messrs  Wilson  and  SCull,  settlement  in 
triple  damage  suits,  the  trial  of  the  Sampliner  suit  and  the 
status  of  the  Motion  Picture  Patents  Co.  tPenl.Div.-  -  Gen.Pi^m- 
2  hrs.,  $8.00) 


Heading  the  Canadian  business  profits  war  tax  and  con¬ 
ferring  with  Mr.  Maxwell  regarding  Bame.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  - 
2  hrs. ,  $8.00) 

Corresponding  with  Mr.  Ireton  and  others  concerning  the 
record  dispute  with  the  Paoifio  Phono.  Co.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  - 
1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Going  over  proposed  agreement  between  Metropolitan  Opera 
Co.  and  T.A.E. ,Ino.  (Recording  Div.  -  1-1.4  hrs.,  $5.00) 

Going  over  petition  to  Commissioner,  Mason  application 
Portland  Cement  Co.  -  3/4  hr.,  $3.00) 

Disoussing  with  MeBsrs  Member t  and  Maxwell  the  proposed 
plan  for  doing  business  in  Canada.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1-1/4 
hrs.,  $5.00) 

Preparing  answer  to  questions  for  Dealers’  Convention. 
(Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Disoussing  with  Mr.  Maxwell  the  Canadian  situation  and 
assisting  in  preparing  memorandum  to  CharleB  Edison  regarding 
same.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  1-1/2  hrs.,  $6.00) 

Preparing  answers  to  questions  for  Dealers’  Convention. 
(Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  6  hrs.,  $20.00) 

Disouasing  with  Messrs  Charles  Edison  and  Wilson  the 
question  of  oonsoription  as  regards  certain  employees  holding 
important  positions  with  the  Edison  interests.  (Personnel 
Servioe  -  %  hr.,  $4.00) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Sonn  with  reference  to  aooident 
oaseB  of  John  Marino  and  Amos  Brazes.  (Health  Servioe  -  1/2 
hr.,  $2.00) 

Preparation  of  patent  application  on  swaging  maohine. 
(Edison  Phonograph  Whs.  -  6  3/4  hrs.,  $27.00) 

Work  on  preparation  of  new  application  on  grinding  ma¬ 
ohine,  and  conferring  with  Mr.  Fisher  with  referenoe  to  prepara¬ 
tion  of  drawings  therefor.  (Edison  Phono.  Whs.  -  6  hrs.,  $24.00) 

Weekly  examination  of  Offioial  Gazette  to  find  patents 
whioh  may  affeot  our  business.  Going  over  ourrent  patents  and 
ordering  mi*Bing  oopies.  (Musioal  Phono.  Div.  -  2  1/4  hrs., 


Conference  with  Mr.  Sonn  in  regard  to  Coyle  death  case 
at  Paramidophenol  Plant.  (Health  Service  -  l/4  hr.,  $1.00) 

Malthaner  vs.  Holland  interference:  Conferences  with 
Messrs.  Holden  and  Baohmann.  (Suit  Ho.  99-1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Be  Howard  aooident  ease:  Telephonic  conference  with 

Mr.  Hall  of  D.S.  fidelity  &  Guaranty  Co.  Better  to  MoDermott 
&  Enright.  Memorandum  to  Mr.  Jones.  Going  over  correspondence 
and  ottier  papers.  (Health  Servioe  -  1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Conferring  with  Mr.  Sonn  in  regard  to  Brazes  aooident 
case.  (Health  Servioe  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Baohmann  in  regard  to  Edison  Patents 
Company  Incorporated.  Going  over  Mr.  McCoy's  report.  (Mr. 
Edison  personal  -  1/4  hr.,  $1.00) 

Be  Brazee  aooident  case:  Consideration  of  letter  of 

Brazee's  attorney.  Conferring  with  Mr.  Sonn.  Better  to  Mr. 
Brazee's  attorney.  (Health  Servioe  -  1  l/4  hr.,  $5.00) 

Preparation  of  riders  for  denatured  alcohol  bonds. 
Memorandum  to  Mr.  Mambert  with  reference  thereto.  (Disc  Beoord 
Mfg.  Div.  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

Consideration  of  question  of  incorporating  proposed 
Edison  Phonograph  Instalment  loan  Association.  Booking  up  law. 
(Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  Z  1/2  hrs.,  $14.00) 

Consideration  of  invention  submitted  to  us  by  C.  E. 
Behnke  of  Madison,  Wis.  relating  to  positioning  devioe  for  Edison 
Disc  Phonographs.  Conference  with  Mr.  Holden.  Memorandum  to 
Mr.  Constable.  (Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

Investigation  of  new  shaving  maohine  to  determine  if 
same  is  covered  by  Sohiffl  patent  Ho.  1,174,292.  Conference 
with  Mr.  Durand.  Investigation  to  determine  whether  the  claims 
of  said  patent  cover  the  invention  disolosed  therein  as  broadly 
as  possible..  (Edison  Phono.  Wks*  -  2  1/4  hrs.,  $9.00) 

Be  aooident  case  of  Charles  Meyer:  Memorandum  to  Mr. 
Sonn.  Conferences  with  Messrs.  Holden,  Sonn  and  Sparks.  (Health 
Service  -  1  hr.,  $4.00) 

Conference  with  Mr.  Dally  with  reference  to  taking  over 
proseoution  of  his  application  relating  to  aoid  valves.  Prepar¬ 
ation  of  substitute  power  of  attorney  and  licensee.  Telephonio 
conference  with  Mr,  Flint,  Daily's  attorney.  letter  to  Mr. 
flint.  (Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.  -  Chemical  Plants  -  2  1/4  hrs., 


Re  Klemm  vs.  Sohiffl  interference :  Going  o-ver  all 
reoently  issued  patents  relating  to  phonograph  stop  mechanisms 
to  determine  whether  the  olaims  of  any  of  these  patents  can.  be 
made  by  Sohiffl.  (Suit  So.  91-2  hrs.t  $8.00) 

Consideration  of  Offioe  actions  received  in  Polios  1065 
and  1066  and  looking  up  decisions  oited.  (Edison  Phono.  Wks.  - 
1  hr. ,  $4.00) 

Consideration  of  correspondence  and  reports  relating  to 
an  aot  with  reference  to  the  use  of  explosives.  Memorandum  to 
Mr.  J.  V.  Miller.  (l.A.E.  Inc.,  Chemical  Plants  -  1/2  hr., 

Work  on  preparation  of  appeal  in  applioation  Polio  993. 
(Edison  Phono.  Wks.  -  1/2  hr.,  $2.00) 

One  0.  3.  applioation  filed. 

One  U.  3.  applioation  amended. 

Going  over  town  files  and  diotating  oorrespondenoe  with 
respeot  to  complaints  of  prioe  cutting  and  other  matters  in  oonneo- 
tlon  with  Musical  Phonograph  Dealers.  (Musical  Phono.  Div.  -  12 
hrs.,  $24.00) 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Legal  --  Litigation  (E-16-52) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
legal  cases  involving  Edison  or  companies  in  which  he  had  an  interest.  The 
one  selected  item  for  1916  is  a  communication  from  Carl  H.  Wilson  vice 
president  of  Thomas  A.  Edison,  Inc.,  relating  to  the  deferral  of  the  triple 
damage  suit  against  the  General  Film  Co.  This  company  was  part  of  the  motion 
picture  patents  trust  in  which  Edison  had  a  stake. 

The  four  unselected  items  are  routine  documents  pertaining  to  evidence 
provided  by  Edison  official  Harry  F.  Miller  in  cases  involving  the  National 
Phonograph  Co.,  the  predecessor  to  TAE  Inc. 


division:  General  Administrative  Division. 

SQBJEOT:  triple  Damage  Suits  vs. 

and  others. 

Mr.  Edison: 

By  telephone  Mr.  Soull  advl3BS  that  the  first  of 
the  triple  damage  suits  against  the  General  Film  Co.  and 
various  individuals  which  was  on  the  calendar  for  yesterday, 
December  19th,  was  put  over  until  the  May  term,  for  the  reason 
that  the  appeal  in  the  Government  suit  has  been  set  for  April 
9th,  and  the  Court  deoided  not  to  hear  the  triple  damage 
suit  until  after  argument  in  the  Government  suit.  He  fur¬ 
ther  advised  that  he  did  not  believe  the  Government  would  be 
ready  by  April  9th  and  that  it  is  therefore  very  likely  the 
triple  damage  suit  will  not  be  heard  until  next  fall. 

CH7//ITO  C.  H./Wlson. 

General  Film  Co.  Date  IB/20/16. 

CC  to  Messrs.  Chas.  Edison  and  S.  B.  Mambert. 

If  any  reply  iB  necessary  please  refer  to  above  number. 

Fora  1860-211-11-16 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Milan,  Ohio  [not  selected]  (E-16-53) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
Edison’s  birthplace.  The  items  for  1916  pertain  to  a  request  from  Wendell  P. 
Hill,  a  later  resident  of  the  house  in  which  the  inventor  was  born,  to  be  allowed 
to  visit  the  home,  which  had  been  repurchased  by  Edison.  The  reply  indicates 
that  a  letter  of  permission  was  sent  to  Edison’s  cousin  Nancy  Elizabeth  (Lizzie) 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Miner's  Safety  Lamp  [not  selected]  (E-16-54) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  concerning 
Edison's  battery-powered  safety  lamp.  Neither  of  the  two  letters  for  1916 
received  a  response.  One  is  related  to  previous  correspondence  between 
Edison's  personal  assistant,  William  H.  Meadowcroft,  and  lamp  manufacturer 
H.  W.  McCandless  &  Co. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Mining  ~  General  (E-16-55) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to 
mines  and  minerals  to  be  bought,  sold,  surveyed,  worked,  or  tested.  The 
selected  items  for  1 91 6  contain  remarks  by  Edison  regarding  his  consumption 
of  nickel  and  his  unsuccessful  nickel  mining  ventures,  as  well  as  comments 
about  the  low  grade  of  copper  at  his  old  experimental  mine  in  Menlo  Park.  Most 
of  the  selected  mining-related  correspondence  for  1 91 6  can  be  found  in  E-1 6- 
56  (Mining— Metals  and  Other  Minerals). 

Less  than  10  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  consists  primarily  of  unsolicited  requests,  inquiries, 
business  propositions,  and  offers  of  mining  properties  for  sale.  These  letters 
were  not  answered  or  received  a  generic  reply. 



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Leo  Director 

Forty  West  TKirty-Secoiv.d  Street  New  York 

TeiepKoive.  HIS  Madison.  Square.  December  12th,  uia. 

■t.  *1^. 

ul*«SS'w.  <J  j,Uf! * 

Dear  Sir:-  ^  JL 

X  own  what  is  known  ae  the  Mine  Gully  Fajm  at  Ie  elin ,  C^» 

New  Jersey.  There  is  an  old  copper  mino  on  the  property  and  "" 

you  investigated  the  properties  of  this  mine.  If  this  is  so, 
I  would  appreciate  it  if  you  could, tell  me  something  about  it, 
the  objeot  being  to  determine,  in  view  of  tho  present  state 
of  the  copper  market,  whether  it  oould  bo  worked  profitably. 

I  am  enclosing  a  stamped  envelope  for  roply,  and  would 
appreciate  any  information  you  might  give  me  on  the  subjeot. 

Crag  mere  Urchmont  Terrace 

Larchmont  Park  Dongan  Hills  Reservation 

Lake  Mahopac  Bungalow  Colony  Mountain  Farms  Colony  Club 

Do comber  14,1910. 

Hr.  Loo  3ugg, 

40  Lost  32d  Street, 

Dew  York,  Il.Y. 

Dear  Sir:-  „ 

Replying  to. your  favor  of  the-'12th 
instant.  Hr.  Edison  toguosta  us  to  say  that 
thoro  i6  copper  in  the  old  nino  on  the  property 
referred  to,  but  the  grade  is  so  Ion  that  ho 
•  does  not  think  it  noqld  pay  to  work  it,  ovon 
at  32  cents  per  pound. 

Yours  very  truly,  • 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Mining  --  Metals  and  Other  Minerals  (E-16-56) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
procurement,  sale,  and  testing  of  minerals.  Many  of  the  items  for  1916  pertain 
to  Edison's  attempts  to  obtain  raw  materials  for  his  various  manufacturing 
operations,  such  as  storage  batteries  and  phonograph  discs,  under  wartime 
conditions  of  shortages  and  higher  prices.  Included  is  correspondence  with  the 
American  Siliconite  Co.,  Canadian  Pacific  Railway,  Eureka  Flint  &  Spar  Co., 
and  Foote  Mineral  Co.  in  regard  to  Edison's  search  for  high-potash  feldspar. 
There  are  also  technical  notes  by  Edison  and  chemical  engineer  Nathan  M. 
Elias  about  the  process  of  extracting  potash  (used  in  storage  batteries)  from 
feldspar,  along  with  correspondence  by  senior  Edison  engineer  William  H. 
Mason  about  potash  extraction  patents  held  by  Harry  P.  Bassett  of  Baltimore. 

In  addition,  there  is  correspondence  with  consulting  engineer  William  H. 
Blauvelt  of  the  Semet-Solvay  Co.  pertaining  to  Edison's  inquiries  about  calcium 
chloride  liquor  and  with  the  Silica  Products  Co.  regarding  his  interest  in 
calcined  magnesite.  Other  documents  deal  with  tests  of  asbestos  furnished  by 
the  Johns-Manville  Co.  and  experiments  on  the  hardness  of  steel  supplied  by 
the  Hess  Steel  Corp.  of  Baltimore.  Items  relating  to  the  manufacture  of 
phonograph  discs  include  technical  notes  by  William  W.  Dinwiddie  on  copper 
recycling  in  disc  molds  and  correspondence  about  Edison's  search  for  a 
cheaper  filler  to  replace  precipitated  chalk.  There  are  also  unsolicited  inquiries 
asking  Edison  for  his  opinion  of  various  rocks,  minerals,  and  metals,  some  of 
which  were  tested  by  experimenter  Ludwig  F.  (Louis)  Ott  as  a  basis  for 
Edison's  reply. 

Approximately  30  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  material  includes  form  letters  sent  by  Edison  to  numerous  chemical 
companies  requesting  quotations  on  high-grade  feldspar,  along  with  replies 
that  were  not  pursued  by  Edison  because  the  material  was  unavailable,  too 
expensive,  or  of  insufficient  quality.  Also  unselected  are  unsolicited  inquiries 
and  requests  that  received  no  substantial  reply,  routine  business 
correspondence  of  the  Edison  Storage  Battery  Co.,  routine  letters  about 
shipping  and  prices  that  were  handled  by  Edison's  assistant,  William  H. 
Meadowcroft,  printed  scientific  literature,  samples  of  powdered  rock,  and 
several  pages  of  undated  typewritten  notes  about  minerals. 

William  H.  Scheel.  a 



&C1.4  anuary  3rd,  1916^ 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^ 

Orange,  Attention  of  / 

New  Jersey.  Mr.  Meadoworoft^ 

Sear  Sir:- 

Your  inquiry  over  telephone  this  A.M.,  relative  to 
English  Precipitated  Chalk  has  the  personal  attention  of  the  under¬ 
signed.  We  very  greatly  appreciate  this  further  opportunity  given 
to  us  through  the  personal  attention  of  your  Mr.  Edison  through 
your  goodself. 

English  Preoipitated  Chalk  is  in  limited  spot  supply. 
A  few  tons  are  available  on  spot  in  casks  of  about  336  pounds.  We 
quote  the  Heavy  at  3^*  per  pound  in  ton  lots  and  the  Light  at  4$* 
per  pound  in  ton  lots.  Por  lots  of  3  to  6  tons  in  one  delivery  we 
can  reduce  the  quoted  price  1/8*  per  pound.  Small  Bamplee  of  both 
the  Heavy  and  Light  gradings  herein  quoted  are  enclosed  herewith. 

We  expect  to  reoeive  another  sample  whioh  we  will 
submit  under  separate  oover  on  arrival,  of  a  grading  packed  in  bags 
of  140  pounds  net  whioh  we  will  mark  "BNJ  #40».»or  shipment  in  lots 
of  60  bags  ex  wharf  on  arrival  the  price  will  be  4 £*  per  pound.  It 
may  be  possible  that  this  grading,  which  is  not  specified  to  us  as 
either  light  or  heavy,  may  meet  your  requirements. 

We  greatly  appreciate  your  further  consideration. 
GHL-GJK.  YourB  truly* 

Jan.  4th.  191®. 

Mr.  G.  H.  lineks, 

J.  William  H.  Seheel, 

169  Maiden  Lane, 

Hew  York  City. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  bog  to  acknowledge  receipt  of 
your  favor  of  the  third  instant  in  regard 
to  English  Precipitated  Chalk,  and  thank 
you  for  your  letter  and  for  the  samples  there¬ 
with  enclosed. 

Those  have  been  submitted  to  Mr. 
Edison,  but  ho  thinks  that  the  price  will  be 
too  high  for  his  purpose,  as  he  wishes  to  use 
the  material  merely  for  a  "filler".  How¬ 
ever,  ho  will  take  the  matter  up  and  decide 
upon  it  vory  soon. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 


Established  40  Years 

107  N. Nineteenth  Street 

Sir--  Magnesium  Carbonate  ( Raw  Magnesite,  powd.  ) 

Spring  Del 

'.7e  heard  from  one  supplier  by  wire  prior  to^reoeivjdiG 
letter  of  December  27th,  to  the  ^feeY'that  he  would  have 
made  promptly  of  the  ^alciura  Carbonate  content  of 

his  product  and  wire  us 

On  the  29th 
who  will  guarantee  less 
bo  for  delivery  "about' 
Kindly  let  i 

3  £alci' 

to  date  we  have  ni£t«heard  from 

than  4"b  calcium  carbonate, 
the  month  of  May  in  Orange, 
3  know  whether  this  would  bi 


or  would  you  rather  wait  to  hear  from  the  other  produ 
bo  able  to  deliver  earlier. 

Yours  very  truly, 




Foote  Mineral  Company, 

107  ii.  19th  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Gentlemen:  Magnesium  Carbonate  (f.av; 

ilagnesite,  rov.d.)  Spring 
delivery — 37  1/2  .one. 

Bepiying  to  your  favor  of  the 
fourth  instant,  I  bog  to  say  that  I  will 
wait.  All  I  want  to  do  is  to  make  a  con¬ 
tract  for  this  year  for  Llagnesium  Carbonate, 
and  to  get  absolutely  sure  delivery. 

Yours  very  truly. 


Semet-Solvay  Company 


Syracuse,  N.  Y.,  January  5 »  19l6» 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  <j)a.u  fioC/  Cief*  ^  3^ 

Orange,  H.  *.  iJSjL*  ' 

Uy  dear  Ur.  Edison:  L<>  tc.^f  - 

I  have  dtyiayep.  'repl^in^to  yojur  lettqr  of  ^  ^ 
Deoemher  29th  in  order  to^asoe^ain  just  ^how  de  stand  on  the  matter 
of  oaloium  ohloride 

For  thjfa  ye^r  t^e^mand^s  very  aot-iTa , 

and  we  are  praotlcally  so^-d  up  foXjthe  [year  on  the  oapaoit^  of  pur 

present  plant.  vv  ,  ,  U  ,  A 

(4- 1  VT^u^a-ar-n^^  ■- 

As  you  know,  thefce  is  a  lar£e  amount  of  oaloium  ohlojideJ 

from  the  soda  works  whioh  is'^S^^^^a^e?!^a^^t!hu^we 'feie 
prodnoing  solid  and  granular  ohloride,  also  sbme  ohloride  liquor. 

The  way  the  situation  stands  at  present  is  that,  with  our  plant  as 
it  is,  we  oould  not  offer  you  any  oaloium  ohloride  liquor  for  this 
year.  But  if  you  are  in  a  position  to  take  40°B4  liquor  at  the  rate 
of.  a  considerable  quantity  per  year,  we  might  arrange  to  put  in 
additional  apparatus  to  furnish  your  supply,  and  would  be  glad  to 
figure  out  a  prioe  for  you  in  tank  oar  lots.  This  40  °B6  liquor 
oontalns  about  39  ft  OaOlg  and  also  from  15  to  20  grams  per  liter  of 
Nad.  I  judge  that  this  is  the  strength  of  liquor  that  will  be  best 
for  you  to  buy.  Of  course,  the  waste  liquor  as  it  oomes  from  the 
soda  works  is  very  dilute,  and  the  freight  would  be  exoeesive.  Also 
it  oontalns  considerable  amounts  of  NaCl. 

Kindly  advise  me  how  muoh  of  the  liquor  you  want,  and  wheth¬ 
er  the  above  strength  would  be  right,  and  whether  you  would  be  inter¬ 
ested  in  taking  it  under  a  oontraot  whioh  would  justify  us  in  install¬ 
ing  apparatus  for  the  purpose. 


With  heat  wiahea  for  the  Hew  Year,  I  am 

Your a  very  truly, 

\/.r  A/  / 

OonBulting  Engineer 






:l.bisut  halvohses 

BiRMisairiM  Ala,  January  5th  I9I6k^ 

Thorn..  A.  Edison.  Ah,,  ^ 

<**»*•*•  <ZX- 

We  received  your  wire  and  replied  -Co  sa^ieap.  foilaws- 
"We  can  ship  you  at  once  our  Siliconite  Flour  ,W^ifJe  at- Sev^inteen  dollars 
Cream  at  Fifteen  Dollars  per  ton  of  two  thousand  pounds, in^t  lots 
Prices  F.O.B  Orange.  N.J.11  A 

These  are  the  prices  the  Paint  people  are  now  paying  uS»for  same 
grade  of  Siliconite.  If  you  can  use  a  regular  supjly  in  carload  lotB 
we  will  mate  a  special  price  to  you. 

We  want  you  to  commence  using  it  and  beleive  we  can  do  business 
with  you. 

Very  truly  Yours. 

The  freightis  $5,00  per  ton, leaving 
bags  per  ton. 

PresdV^s  Mangr. 
only  $10,00  and  $12,00  in 

b'l  f°\ 

^  A  •  *d^A 

/  q  t|  )  Chicago  January  6,  1S1M 

■/  VvV^^vu>£CT 

<*§  w-o^-^'"-  '*•* 

'Attention  Mr.  Wm.  H.  Meadowcraft. "  A, 

A,  u»  Mvw  term** 

Your  letter  of  December  29th  addressed  %o  Mr.  V/.  L.  Smith, 
of  Kansas  City,  has  been  referred  to  us,  as  we  are  the  distributing 
Vagents  of  all  MAGNESITE  produced  by  Mr .  Smith's  company.  jpg* 

The  analysis  specified  in  your  letter  is  the  anaJ^Sis 
of  our  product. 

On  three  hundred  tons  we  will  quote  you  as  follows: 

On  Calcined  lump  MAGNESITE,  $40.00  per  ton 
On  Calcined  powdered  MAGNESITE,  $50.00  per  ton. 

These  orices  apply  on  car - - ,  --- —  * 

shipment,  Porterville,  California;  the  freight  rate  applying  to 
Silver  Lake,  N.  J.  we  are  advised  by  the  railroad  company  is  $16.30 
per  ton,  car  lots.  The  lump  JiAGNESITE.'.is  loaded  in  bulk,  while 

the  powdered  material  is  packed  in  bags. 

We  are  in  position  to  make  prompt  shipment  of  the  calcined 
lump,  but  it  will  probably  be  some  thirty  days  before  we  can’ ship 
the  powdered  product. 

The  above  prices  are  for  prompt  acceptance, 
is  sold  sight  draft,  bill  of  lading  attached. 


All  material 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  Hew  Jersey. 

Attention  of  w*.  Meaaoworoft_._ 
Gentlemen :  -  - - - - ' 

use  the  material  or  not. 

TH-nfl  attention  will  greatly  oblige. 

Binney  &  Smith, Company, 
81  Fulton  Street, 

Ben  York  City. 


Your  favor  of  the  sixth  instant  in  regard  to  the 
sample  of  Cohalt  Bickel  CpciES  sent  sometime  ago  has  been 

received • 

f,'r .  Edison  request 
tained  from  Canada  had  no  y.l 
Cohalt,  llickol  and  Iron.  '2i 
the  Speiss  means  an  arsenic 
trying  to  work  the  material 

me  to  say  that  the  eamples  ob- 
enic  in  them,  and  contained 
s,  Jir.  Edison  could  v;ork,  hut 
■ousting  plant,  and  while  he  is 
without  the  dry  roasting,  it 

will  he  troublesome. 

Yours  very  truly, 


Jir.  Edit 

Varnish  Gums, 



Chemicals,  and 
Supplies  for 
Varnish  Manufacturers 


159  Maiden  Lane  and  37  Fletcher  Street. 

6th,  1916. 

Ss  yf  / 

•Of  '  L1 

Ur.  Thomas  A.  Edisi 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Mr.  Yin.  H.  Meadowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Edison 

We  thank  you  for  your,  valued  favor  of  January  4th 
the  contents  of  which  have  our  most  careful  attention.  We  appre¬ 
ciate  the  suggestion  with  reference  to  using  the  material  offered 

•by  us,  English  Precipitated  Chalk,  as  a  Filler. 

In  this  connection  permit. us  to  say  that  we  have  per¬ 
haps  the  best  Eiller ,  of  unusual  properties  and  virtue,  that  can 
be  offered  for  the  attention  of  Ur.  Edison.  We  refer  to  our 
Aluminum  Flake.  specific  gravity  2.58  .  This  is  now  very 

largely  used  by  the  Rubber  trade  and  particularly  for  Rubber  Tires 
where  life  is  essential.  This  Filler  is  also  used  in  large  quan¬ 
tities  by  the  Paint  manufacturers,  a  recent  developement  however. 

It  is  flaky,  is  very  smooth,  has  properties  which  enable  the  mills 
to  work  the  material  readily,  it  takes  up  in  the  Oil  readily,  it 
is  a  fine  Filler  for  Rubber  Goods  and  it  is  cheap.  The  price  is 
1*  per  pound  in  barrels  and  in  carload  lots  *20,00  per  ton  FOB 
the  mills.  A  liberal  sample  goes  forward^ to_y£r_addrese.  We  ask 
for  your  most  car^T^Hiid^ation  of  this  proposition.  It  is  the 


ilished  40  Years 

107  N. Nineteenth  Street 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Mr.  Thomas  A 

New  Jersi 

,\  January 

isnf0^)  rY‘ 

Y  itTfrnesium  Carbonate  (Raw  Magnesite)  Powd.  i  , 

-  i  \ 

Magnesium  Carbonate  (Raw  Magnesite )  ?owdI 
x  ^  Guaranteed  Summer  Delivery  at  Orange— 37%-  Tons  / 

/  Answering  yours  of  the  7th,  would  say  that  we  are  Y 

/pleased  to  accept  your  order  ^ 


Lower  Grade  Raw  Magnesite  / 

We  have  just  heard  from  the  second  supplier,  who 
wires  us  that  he  could  grantee  ^similar ^eK^onate  'hi,- 

per  ton.  / 

If  we  do  not  hear  from  you  immediately,  we  will 
understand  that  you  desire  the  first  quality  agreed  upon  in 
the  first  part  of  this  letter.  / 



Silica  Products  Company, 
438  Y.est  Ontario  Street, 
Chicago,  Ill. 

Gentlemen : 

1  hog  to  acknowledge  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
sixth  instant  making  quotation  on  Calcined  Magnesite,  and 
thank  you  therefor. 

I  am  a  little  puzzled  to  reconcile  your  quotation 
with  the  analysis  specified  in  my  letter  of  the  S9th  ultimo 
to  Mr.  V,.  1.  Smith.  That  analysis  shows  the  material  to  he 
Carhonate  of  Magnesia,  while  Calcined  Magnesite  means  Oxide 
of  Magnesia.  Is  not  this  correct? 

Mil  you  kindly  let  mo  hear  from  you  on  the  subject, 

and  oblige. 

yours  very  truly. 


11th.  1916. 

Foote  Mineral  Company, 

107  if.  19th  Street, 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

Gentlemen : 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the 
8th  instant,  and  beg  to  say  in  reply  that  you 
can  send  me  a  contract  for  37  l/2  tons  of  raw 
Magnesite,  in  accordance  with  the  first  para¬ 
graph  thereof.  I  must  stipulate,  however,  that 
delivery  be  May  1st. 

lower  Grade  Raw  Magnesite . 

Your  remarks  under  this  head  are  noted, 
and  1  ould  soy  that  I  am  not  interested  in  this 

Yours  very  truly. 

McKesson  &.  robbins 






cover  showing  the  quality  of  the  geode,  and  offer  the  same  at  3*4  per 
It.  f.o..  Hew  York,  euhject  to  prior  sale  and  market  ohengee. 

V/e  trust  that  the  figure  we  have  named  and  sample  submitted 
meet  with  your  approval,  and  awaiting  your  valued  order,  we  remain 

Yours  very  t  ruly , 


Gentlemen : 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  11th 
instant,  Mr.  Edison  requests  me  to  say  that  the 
price  of  Precipitated  Chalk  is  so  high  that  he 
has  heen  obliged  to  find  a  substitute  to  use 
in  place  of  it. 

Thanking  you  for  your  kind  attention, 

I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Silica  - . x'®° 

Alumina - , 

Ferric  Oxide - 1-09 

Lime- . . 

Magnesia - 

Carbon  Dioxide - 50.43 

in  accordance  with  the  above  analysis,  MAGNESITE  would 
n  90%  or  better  Magnesium  Carbonate  and  other  minerals  in 


After  calcining  the  MAGNESITE  will  analyze,  approximately ^ 

-  3.20  ^  ' 

- Trace 

- 2.00 

to  ^ 

If  you  desire  to  purchase  the  Crude  «SiTE,  we  are 

advised  by  the  railroad  company,  being  #16.30. 

Hoping  that  this  letter  will  explain  our  previous 
ommunication  to  your  entire  satisfaction, 

\  Yours  very  truly, 


\r  Y 


REH : MS . 

to  Semet-Solvay  Company 

l-AFBB-202  retort  coke  ovens 


Syracuse,  M.  Y.,  January  14,  1916. 

lJr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  New  Jersey. 

Uy  dear  Mr.  Edison: 

Reply  to  your  favor  of  January  6th,  regarding 
oaloium  ohloride  liquor,  has  been  delayed  in  order  that  we  oould 
look  UP  the  situation.  I  note  that  you  oould  probably  use,  say, 

5  tons  per  day  of  *0  (39  *)  0aCl2  liquor.  We  have  under  oon- 

sideration  plans  for  extending  our  capacity  for  producing  this 
liquor.  The  price  we  have  been  getting  is  $.25  per  100  pounds 
f.o.b.  Syraouse,  in  tank  oar  lots.  The  freight  to  Orange  is  about 
$.105  Per  100  pounds.  I  shall  be  glad  to  know  whether  this  would 
be  satisfactory,  and  whether  you  would  like  to  have  us  consider  your 
needs  in  our  plans  for  enlargement. 

My  attention  has  just  been  called  to  a  paragraph  in  one 
of  our  daily  papers  to  the  effect  that  your  carbolic  plant  was 
destroyed  by  fire  a  few  days  since.  I  hope  that  this  statement 
is  untrue,  or  at  least  very  muoh  exaggerated. 

. Sinoerely  yours, 

1  c-C 


/  "  Consulting  Engineer.  ^ 


lJ Ad#  ® 

t-ujr  ^  ,  <su>x&* 




SitjICOnite  Products 

January  I5th  X9X6. 

Thomas  A.  Edison. 

Orange .N.J . 

Dear  Sir.  ^ 

your  favor  received, We  wish  t'o  say  that  we  will  send  you 
larger  quantities  of  our  Siliconite  if  you  want  same  to  carry  out 
your  experiments, We  can  send  it  in  several  forms,  Run  of  Mine, 
all  white, and  the  Flour  .  And  Yellow  both  Run  of  Mine  and  Flour. 

If  you  should  require  it  all  through  200X200  mesh, we  will  soon  he 
prepared  to  make  Bo'tJS^of  this  finest  product,  as  we  have  received 
large  orders  from  Paint  Manfgrs* 

Possibly  you  know  that  the  Dixon  Graphite  Co.  Jersey  City, are 
selling  and  advertising  Silica  in  one  of  their  Specialties, As  Dixons 

Theyuse  ground  quartz,  while  Nature  has  prepared  our  SILICONITE , 
so  that  we  have  very  little  grinding  to  do,  We  treat  it  to  eliminate 
all  impurities, such  as  Oxide  of  Iron  &  C. 

We  shall  appreciate  any  business  that  may  arise  from  your  efforts 

Vie  will  make  no  charge  for  what  you  require  for  teBts. 

Wishing  you  suorcess  in  yourc  Experiments 

Jan.  17th.  1916. 

Silica  Pro aunts  Company, 

438  West  Ontario  Street, 

Chicago,  Ill. 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  13th  instant, 
which  makes  the  situation  more  clear.  I  want  to  try  the 
Calcined  Magnesite  to  ascertain  whether  it  will  serve  my 
purpose,  so  I  will  ask  you  to  ploase  enter  my  order  for  one 
carload  of  the  Calcined  Magnesite,  powdered,  of  approximately 
the  same  analysis  as  contained  in  the  latter  part  of  your 
favor  of  the  13th  instant.  Will  you  please  ship  this  in  hags 
to  Thomas  *.  Edison,  aniline  Plant.  Silver  Lake,  H.  J..  rout¬ 
ing  the  same  via  Erie  delivery.  I  will  have  my  office  send 
a  confirming  order. 


....Foote  Mjt  m  e;&a\l€  q>m  mm 

Philadelphia,  Pa. 

j  Thomas  A.  Edison,  ^  ^ 

0r^6 Jersey.  ^  -1 

Dear  Sir,-  "«ar 

Answering  your  wire  of  to-day.  wa  *** ^ 

jrsttM  ^rHFrrrSHr* 

and  others  of  the  leas  common  ores,  ^^“^il  ^oh 
mined  for  the  present  to  give  up  our  Feldspar  ua» 
future  time  as  we  can  do  it  justloe. 

We  are  therefore  enclosing  a  list  "CmT* £? 

and  carries  about  17$  potash. 

Hoping  this  data  will  be  of  some  use  to  you,  we  are 


ii*  t  X" 

M^MV^ith  mills  established  at  both  Trenton  and  East  Li , 
pooil  Ohio.  .  *  F>  Oo. 

.  > 


Boothwyn  Feldspar  Co., 
510  W.  7th  Street, 
Cheater,  Pa. 

Quoted  ub  9/13/15,  Feldspar  In  oar  lots 
at  $6.50  per  ton  f.o.b.  Ogden,  Pa. 
Freight  rate  from  Ogden  to  Phila.  ah out 
56/  per  ton. 

Ur.  J.  0.  Fowls, 

8  Washington  Place, 
Bridgeport,  Conn. 


Ur.  Geo.  W.  Ovens,  \ 

North  East,  Ud.  J 


Ur.  A.  L.  Stone, 
Chester  Depot, 

Wrote  us  4/5/15  that  he  had  hundreds 
of  acres  of  choice  Feldspar;  every  color. 
Wrote  us  again,  5/22/15,  stating  he  had 
25  to  30  large  deposits  of  Feldspar. 

We  replied  that  we  were  in  the  market  for 
a  FeldBpar  running  about  16$  Potash  and 
practically  without  either  raioa  or  iron, 
and  requested  samples  and  price. 

Quoted  us  2/13/15,  $3.00  per  net  ton, 
f.o.h.  mine.  Spar  analyzes  better  than 
13$  potash.  Freight  rate  to  Phila.  is 
§3.50  per  net  ton. 

Quoted  us  10/21/15,  Feldspar  passing 
thro'  100  mesh,  at  §3.50  per  ton  f.o.b. 
Chester,  Yt.,  packed  in  heavy  paper  bags, 
delivery  at  rate  of  3  oars  weekly  o  f  20 
tons  to  the  car.  Analysis,  Potash,  8$; 
Silica,  66$;  alumina,  29$. 

Brandywine  Summit  Kaolin  &  Feldspar  Co. 
Brandywine  Summit, 


,  Quoted  us  8/4/13,  Ho.  1  pulverized  Soda 
Feldspar,  at  $14.00  per  ton  in  Less  oar 
lots  f.o.b.  Brandywine  Summit.  Shis  spar 
carries  12$  soda  and  .017$  potash.  Car 
lots  of  5  tons,  $13.  per  ton.  Freight 
rate  from  Brandywine  Summit  to  Phila.  is 
9/  per  100  lbs.  in  L.C.L.,  75/  per  ton  in 

Eureka  Flint  &  Spar  Co., 
Trenton,  H.  J. 

,  Schaaf-Hegelman, 
21  State  St., 
Hew  York  City. 

5/1/13  quoted  us  Ho.  1  grade  pulverized 
Feldspar  in  ton  lots  at  $12.  per  net  ton 
f.o.b.  cars  H.  J. ,  saoks  extra.  C.L.  0 
$11.50  per  net  ton. 

Quoted  us  6/2/13  and  6/7/13  Ground  Feldspar 
at  $10.  per  ton,  packed  in  bags;  lumps, 
$7.50  per  ton,  paoked  in  barrels.  Mater¬ 
ial  ground  very  fine,  $12.  per  ton  in  L.C.L. 

Silica  . 

Alumina  . 

Ferric  Oxide  .... 

Magnesia  .  . 

Soda . 

Potash  . 

Logg  on  ignition  ... 

Wine  Feldspar  Co., 


Quoted  us  11/18/15  as  follows!  Feldspar,  ground 
so  that  there  is  not  over  1$  residue  on  a  140 
mesh  screen,  $9.00  per  ton,  hulk,  in  C.L., 
f.o'.b.  oars  Topsham,  Maine.  (This  feldspar  is 
used  in  the  pottery  trade).  Analysis: 



Ust  gO 


Mr.  Louis  W.  Howe,  Mr.  Geo.  W.  Parmolee, 

South  Glastonbury,  Conn.  Haddam,  Conn. 

S.  P.  Dunk?!  &  Son, 
2115  H.  Charles  St., 
Baltimore,  Md. 


Kasson  Mioa  Co. 

Point  &  Erie  Sts., 
amden,  n»  Si 

Miners  &  Shippers  of  Feldspar. 

Quoted  1/3/13,  Crude  ore  in  C.L.  lots,  $6.25  per 
ton  lots,  $7.25  per  ton,  100  lb.  lots,  §1.75  per 
ffo.b.  Philadelphia. 



J  an. 


E.  P.  Dunkel  &  Son, 

2115  ii.  Charles  Street, 

Baltimore,  Md. 


V.'e  understand  that  you  can  offer 
Feldspar,  and  I  write  to  ask  if  you  will 
kindly  mako  me  a  quotation  on  high  grade 
Potash  Feldspar,  containing  12$  or  over  of 
Potash  as  KgO.  Please  quote  me  in  carload 
lots  in  regular  weekly  shipments.  2ho 
material  may  be  in  the  lump. 

Yours  very  truly. 



Jc.ii.  22nd.  19J6. 

Johns -Mans vi lie  Company, 
Madison .  is  41st  Street, 
iievi  York  City. 

Attention  of  Ur.  Mo lean. 

Us.  Edison  would  like  to  have  samples 
of  your  various  grades  of  short  fibre  ground 
crude  asbestos,  together  v.iih  quotations  in  car¬ 
load  lots,  i'iie  material  should  be  finely  ground:^, 
end  the  color  is  immaterial. 

Will  you  kindly  send  those  samples  to 
me,  and  1  will  bring  them  directly  to  Mr.  Edison's 
attention  at  once.  Please  hurry  these  along. 

'  Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

L La. 


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(Enlitmhua,  CSrorgta  Jan  22  1916 


Mr.  Thomas .  A. Edison 
East:  Orange ,  M.  J. 

Pear  Sir-  •  AJL&^CC^ 

Am  inclosing  herewith  a  metal  which  I’  found  some,  timet— 7 
ago  on  the  Chattahoochee  River  Just  above  here. 

I  have  fiound  it  to  be  a  very  good  conductor,  besides 
giving  a  very  greenish  color  when  attached  to  II()..A.C.  v/ith 
a  light  in  series.  X  have  tried  in  various  ways  to  melt  it, 
but  have  failed. 

Please  see  what  you  can  do  with  it  and  let  me  know  the 
results,  I  have  about  five  pounds  of  it  in  one  lump, 

Yours  Truely 

P.  Inclosing  stamp  for  answer, 


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:V^i3on,  inventor ^ 

New  York  ?.  ■/-.  *  >  (knU/%a-  O' v-<s 

Dear  81  r . ^fS^SSSTioSr  this  .all  a  ’ 
small  sample  of  a  peculiar  ora  which  has  a  peculiar  property  that- very 
much. interests  me, and  I -think  will: interest  you,  since  the  property 
refered  to  would  seem  to  me  to  have’  some- electrical  significance. 

Kubbing  across -the  atone, on ■  the  dark  portion;  with  genile  pres¬ 
sure,  a  knife  blade,  another  stone, a  piece  of  hard  wood, or  anything 
which  will  produce  the  necessary  friction/ 'causes  a: luminescence  .which 
lasts  .lusc  as:  long  as  the  friction  lasts, and  no  longer.  It  reminds  me 
a: little  of  the- efSecf  produced  by  rubbing  the  halt  of  a  cat  in  cold  nx* 
weather.  In  the  dark.  •  (vn  t  -  can  get  out  of  the: ehenlsts  is  "  Tribo- 
luminesoence  ".  ‘ A  meaningless  term,so  far  as  determining  anything, or 
even  describing  the  property  goes.  Thera  is  blenty  of  the  ore  to  be 

had, In  nlaces,and  my  son  has 'a:  ledge  of  it  and  I  believe  it  is  worthy  of 

: closer: inoastigation  than  it  has  had  thus  far.  .  ‘  .  ...  ,, 

It  ia  a  zinc  ora,  but  all 

zinc  ore  does  not  have  the  property  mentioned.  Since  zinc  is  so  much 
used  in  the  electric  batxery  : it  seems  to  me  to  point  chat  way. 

It  is  hot  phosphorescence, nor  is  it  the  sort  of  fire  which  can 
be  sxruck  out  of  flint,  simple  friction  on  the  pure  quartz  in  this  same 

ore  will  not  produce  the.  illuminationV  . 

Should  this  sample  intar esx 

you  sufficiently  to  warrant  1  will, if  you  wish’ it, 'send  you;  larger 
aamp  1<js  ,  ..... 

I  shall  be  greatly  pleased  to  kno  your  impressions  of  it. 

With  great  respect'  I  bag  to  sub'scrib  myself 

Sincerely  your's 

j />  (  j  / 

S.  P.  DUNKEL  &  SON 


BALTIMORE,  md.  Jan.  25,  1916. 

Replying  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  22nd,  and  we  can  y? 
ire  of  you  on  Potash  Feldspar,  hut  we  would  not  care  w*  ^ 
;ee  any  percentage  of  Potash.  It  may  run  12  and  overn^>- 
to  are  only  miners  and  shippers  of  crude  feldspar,  Y, 

not  in  a  position  to  guarantee  any  analysis.  However  ^ 

Replying  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  22nd,  and  y 
take  care  of  you  on  Potash  Feldspar,  hut  we  would  not  caj 
guarantee  any  percentage  of  Potash.  It  may  run  12  and  oi 
hut  as  to  are  only  miners  and  shippers  of  crude  feldspar, 

i  have  about  the  best  feldspar  in  this  part  of  the  country, 
id  .would  no  doubt  suit  you  if  any  body  can,  and  could  tske 

i  of  your  business. 

of  the  grade  Ihat  i 

ship  you,  and  we  have  other  qualities  that  we  do  not  consider 
as  good  as  thiB  one. 

We  name  you  price  F.  0.  B.  our  shipping  point  in  tons  of 
2000  lbs',  at  $5.00  per  ton,  Bnd  awaiting  your  further  inquiries, 

Jen.  27th.  1916. 

S.  P.  lunkel  &  Son, 

Ostend  &  Leadenhall  Streets, 

Baltimore,  -Md. 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  26th  instant  concern¬ 
ing  Potash  Feldspar,  and  have  noted  the  contents  of  same  with  much 

I  want  to'  make  a  test  of  your  material  and  v.ould  ask  you 
to  kindly  Bend  me  260  pounds  hy  express,  as  a  sample.  Please  let 
this  he  a  pood  grade  sample  of  the  kind  of  Potash  Feldspar  that 
you  could  supply  regularly,  as  it  will  serve  for  a  basis  of  any 
contract  that  I  might  make  with  you. 

There  is  a  vast  amount  of  material  coming  here  addressed 
to  me,  so  I  beg  to  ask  that  you  will  kindly  forward  the  above 
named  sample  to  my  Assistant,  Ur.  *.  H,  Uea'dowcroft,  $  Edison 
laboratory,  Orange,  a.  J..  and  ho  will  bring  it  to  my  attention 
immediately  on  its  arrival. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Hr.  lilliam  B.  Smith, 

Box  283, 

Essex,  Conn. 

Dear  Sir: 

X  am  in  receipt  of  your  favor  of  the  25th 
instant,  and  regret  to  say  that  I  cannot  use  the 
8$  Feldppar ,  as  It  must  have  it  richer  in  Potash. 

The  Silica  cannot  be  separated  magnetically.  Please 
send  me  a  one  pound  sample  showing  the  Silica  and 
Feldspar  you  wa'nt  separated.  You  had  better  send 
it  to  my  Assistant,  Hr*  ’.V.  H.  Moadowcroft,  Edison 
laboratory.  Orange,  II.  J.,  and  he  will  bring  it 
to  my  attention  aB  soon  as  he  receives  it. 

Yours  very  truly, 



Robert  L.  Patterson 

Real  Estate  and  Insurance 


Elizabeth,  N. 

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✓I  ✓v'*''-  y/l'Co-  , 

&  a,  J?/ 

T^0  -1T7I TdzZ 

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Jan.  29th.  1916 

Mr.  John  Fulton,  Jr., 

212  Broaa  Street, 

Elizabeth,  II.  J. 

Doar  Sir: 

Youripfavor  of  the  26th  instant  has 
been  received*  I  presume  that  in  speaking  of 
Potash  ore,  you  refer  to  Potash  Feldspar.  If 
so,  Missouri  is  too  far  away  to  handle  this 
profitably  here,  as  there  are  millions  of 
tons  of  8?o  Potash  Feldspar  in  Hew  Jersey. 

Yours  very  truly. 

February  1,  1916, 

Mr.  Edison: - 

The  oopper  foundry  has  oest  399  anodes  of  22  l/2  lbs. 
average  weight,  total  8,977  pounds  in  the  month  of  January. 

At  the  price  formerly  paid  to  Cadmus  Brothers  this 
would  have  oost  us  $763.04  in  addition  to  trucking,  dipping, 
and  accounting. 

The  above  output  is  sufficient  for  plating  3591  moulds 
whioh  is  more  than  our  present  requirements.  This  would  require 
1197  anodes  of  the  old  form,  weight  8  l/2  lbs.  each,  Total  10,174 
lbs.  whioh  would  have  cost  for  oasting®864.79. 

Our  operating-  cost  is  around  $200.00  which  will  leave 
a  net  profit  sufficient  to  pay  the  total  oost  of  building  and  equip¬ 
ment  twice  over. 

The  plating  capacity  of  the  baths  is  about  4800  moulds 
per  month  which  we  can  easily  take  care  of  at  about  the  same  opera¬ 
ting  cost. 

When  our  other  furnaoe  arrives  we  oan  turn  all  scrap 
brass  eta.,  from  the  works  into  stock  rods  discs  etc.,  and  into 
ingots  whioh  will  demand  a  higher  price  than  chips.  In  this 
way  we  oan  make  the  foundry  a  source  of  revenue  instead  of  an 
expense  to  the  division. 

We  will  employ  no  moulders  and  get  into  no  complications 
with  unions  working  for  other  foundries  doing  work  for  us. 

C.C.  Mr.  .  Mambert, 
"  Hird, 
n  Moss 
n  and  File. 

Very  respectfully, 
W.  W.  Dinwiddle. 





In  anBwer  to  your  letter  of  the  22nd 
January,  I  enclose  herewith  copy  of  analysis  recently 
made  of  two  high  grade  feldspar  upon  which  I  could 
perhaps  quote  you  the  price  of  $3.25  per  short  ton 
(2000  lbs)  in  car  lots,  in  regular  weekly- .shipments 
of  at  least  two  cars  per  week.f.o.b.  at  the  quarry, 
~phe  quarryi* at  Kirk's  Kerry,  about  13  miles  from 
Ottawa^ on  the  Canadian  Pacific  Railway. 

I  also  send  you  under  separate  cover 
a  small  sample  of  the  sper  described  as  No. I  Buff 
Coloured  Perthite,  and  which  oontains  13.40  potash 
ss  KgO. 

Yours  veru  truly. 





REPORT  HO.  3122. 

January  29th.  1916. 

2  Specimens  of  feldspar  for  particular  analysis. 

locality  of  occurence  Lot  14A,  Hange  XIV  of  Hull  townshipj, 
Ottawa  County,  Que. 

Collected  by  Mr.  J.  M.  Cote. 

Received  from  Hon.  Mr.  Blondin, 

Address  Minister  of  Mines. 

Sample  Ho.  1 . Buff  coloured  perthite. 

Sample  Ho.  2 . Pale  pinfcraioroline. 

Partial  analysis  Bhowed  them  to  contain 

Ho.  1.  Ho.  2. 

PotaBh  13.40  per  oent  12.71  per  oent. 





Mr.  William  H.  Headowcroft, 

Assistant  to  Kr  •Edison, 

laboratory  of  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orang  e ,  N  ew  Je rs  ey  • 

Dear  Sir:  AS^sg0s  EIPHE 

^ef e-ring  further  to  our  letter  of  January  24th 
regarding' Asblstos  Eihre  samples  sent  you  by  mail. 

ii  SaKSTtE  f°r 

your  purpose. 

Shanking  you  in  advance  for  a  fev,  lines  regarding 
the  maSat  your  early  convenience.  *•  are 

Yours  truly', 






Gentlemen: - 

With  regard  to  Cobalt  and  Nickel  Mixed  Oxide,  it 
has  occurred  to  the  writer  that  if  your  Mr.  Edison  can  in¬ 
dicate  what  elements  are  objectionable  in  this  material  we 
believe  that  we  can  have  same  eliminated  and  eventually  sup¬ 
ply  you  with  a  mixed  Oxide  which  you  can  use  at  an  attractive 
price.  The  material,  as  it  stands,  contains  Arsenic  small 
amount  of  Silver,  a  little  Copper  and  some  Iron,  possibly  a 
trace  of  lead,  but  we  are  not  sure. 

If  you  could  tell  us  what  percentage  of  the  above 
ingredients  would  not  be  objectionable  in  a  mixed  Hiokel  and 
Cobalt  Oxide  we  will  have  our  people  go  to  work  on  it  with 
the  idea  of  eliminating  the  disagreeable  features  and  submit 
vou  something  for  your  examination,  which  we  believe  will  mee 
JSSr  SSSlSSentB.  We  would  appreciate  it  if  you  could  ad¬ 
vise  us  as  to  this  at  your  leisure. 

Yours  very  truly, 


olUu  i 

°j  nd>  T  j  I 

Fob.  22 nd.  1916 

Binney  &  Smith  Compuny, 

01  Fulton  Street, 

Hew  York  City. 

Attention  of  Mr.  H'.  S.  Predmore 


replying  to  your  favor  of  the  6th 
instant,  concerning  Cobalt  and  liickel  liixod 
Oxide,  Mr.  Edison  requests  us  to  say  that  the 
sample  you  f|rst  furnished  was  free  from  Ar- 
sonic  and  not  speissed.  It  is  this  material 
that  we  can  use.  He  has  no  facilities  for 
roasting  the  arsenic  out.  lie  says  that  the 
Mixed  Oxides  may  contain  iron  and  the  other 
usual  impurities,  except  ..rsenie. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  Laboratory. 

Foote  MimerMuCompaniy 

S3'*  Established  40  Years 

siMt-OREs  107  N. Nineteenth  Street 

™S  'N  a 

ISSSS*  ^  Philadelphia, Pa.  / 

\  y  \  a  y  «v  v 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  \V&^  */t  ‘  ■• 

Orange,  f  ^  y  *  A  .  J  Av/f* \  k  J ‘/ 

Bear  Sir:-  Haw  Magnesite.  \J  ^  j*  i/1 

Referring  again  to  our  difficulty  in  securing  prompt  ship-  ^ 
ments  of  raw  Magnesite  guaranteed  under  4%  Calcium  Carbonate,  as 
detailed  in  our  January  correspondence  and  our  consequent  failure  to 
contract  with  you,  we  have  now  to  report  that  the  price  has  advanced 
everywhere  $2.00  per  net  ton,  so  that  our  quotation  should  read  $26.00 
per  net  ton,  f.o.b.  New  York  City.  We  have  had  one  oar  coming  from 
California  since  about  the  middle  of  December,  as  mentioned  in  ours  of 
January  29th.  As  far  as  we  know,  this  oar  has  not  yet  reached  New 
York  City,  being  at  some  point  between  Norfolk  and  New  York. 

We  find  that  the  railroad  rate  quoted  to  Hew  York  does  not 
apply  to  other  points  in  the  East,  and  that  you  would  have  to  add  the 
cost  of  freight  from  New  York  City  to  your  factory,  to  the  above  price. 

We  have  found  a  producer  who  will  make  prompt  shipment  and  we  under¬ 
stand  he  will  guarantee  less  than  4%  Calcium  Carbonate  in  the  crude 
Magnesite.  In  case  you  caieto  plaoe  your  order,  we  would  expect  to 
acoept  it  within  twenty-four  hours,  for  immediate  shipment  from  Cali- 
fornia,  which  should  probably 'reach  your  factory  in  April,  but 
oertainly  in  May. 


subject  Potash,  from  Felspar 

A  W*  ^  ^ 

Edison  laboratory  qQ  ^ ' 

Mr.  E.  J.  Ross,  Jr-?°^^S^i3^S^^ge^ttery  Company, 
has  called  to  our  attenffian- o^^pondeno^ J’roifc 
Ga.,  who  has  a  deposit  off^par^^  d^ghjrade^  He  has  sent 
us  two  samples  and  we  have  anjalized  same,  and  give  below  the 
results  of  these  two  analyses.  By  one  you  will  se e/chat  the  K2O  con¬ 
tents  is  13.29,  which,  I  believe,  is  high  for  felspar7'"‘‘* 

I  also  enclose  copy  of  letter  deceived  from  the  party  in 
Atlanta,  Ga.,  signed  F.  1.  Sawyer.  If  you  are  interested  in  this 
proposition,  we  can  take  up  the  matter  of  having  them  send  us  a 
large  sample  of  the  rock. 


Th-s  A.Edie-n. 
Orange  H  J. 
Dear  Sir:- 



■J?  MOUNTAIN,  N.  C.  (N.F.D.) 

Feb  I9th-I6. 



mpanies ,  at  $3.35  per  t-nf-b  care  here. 

This  material  is  n-t  a  first  class  p-ttery  epar  bjrt_  the 
run ' -f- the  mine,  and  c-ntains  all  the  mica, and  garnetr  that 
c-me  with  the  material,  the  -nly  thing  we  are  carefdl  ab-ut 
with  it  is  t-  get  -ut  all  the  flint  and  slate, ^and  als-  t- 
veep  it  as  free  fr-m  seml-va-llniged  sparer  va-lin  as  we 

An  analysis  -f  it  w-uld  be  hard  t-  give,  I  have  -ne 
analysis  that  sh-ws  14.74  potash,  1  have  an- ther  that  -nly 
sh-ws  ,6.50  potash,  an-ther  that  sh-ws  II  60,  and  sc  -n, 
the  -nly  thing  we  can  pr-mise  ab-ut  this  material  is,  that 
I  will  give  y-u  as  near  all  p-tash  spar  as  it  ifl  p-BSible  t 
ship  at* the  price,  I  have  been  giyen  t-  understand  that  the 
cars  shipped  fr-m  this  secti-n  have  averaged  .7.50 
all  the  cars  I  have  shipped  s-  Ear  have  given  Batisfacti-n 
b-  far  as  I  have  heard, 

As  t-  the  quantity,  1  can  give  y-u  all  y-u  w-uld  want 
I  have  leases  -n  s-me  -f  the  very  best  dep-Bits  in  this  sec¬ 
tion.  and  can  get  m-re  if  necessary, at  the  present  time  I 
am  w-r^-in*  -n  a  very  limited  capital,  but  thin1'  with  an  -rder 
f-r  a  large  quantity  I  c-uld  get  all  the  capital  I  w*uld  need. 

I  will  be  m-re  than  pleased  f-  furnish  y-u  samples  if 
y-u  will  adviBe  what  quantity  y-u  w-uld  need  f-r  y-ur  test. 

If  y-u  w-uld  require  a  spar  aB  g'-d^as  the  pottery  trade 
requires  I  can  furnish  it  at  $4.00  per  ton. 

Thanking  y-u  f-r  .y-ur  inquiry  and  h-ping  t-  be  able  t- 
serve  you  in  the  very  near  future  I  am. 

Y-urs  Very  Respectfully. 

c  X-/ 

Fab.  24th.  1916. 

Mr.  George  if.  Owens, 

Green  Mountain,  U.  C. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  received  your  two  favors  of  the  19th  instant 
in  regard  <bit  PotaBh  Feldspar. 

Let  me  say  in  reply  that  I  cannot  afford  to  buy  and 
pay  freight  on  Feldspar  obtaining  less  than  12^  of  Potash.  Can 
you  guarantee  the  Potash  content  of  your  Feldspar.  I  do  not 
care  what  impurities  it  contains  so  long  as  it  has  the  Potash. 

flhat  is  the  freight  from  your  point  of  shipment  to 
Orange,  fl.  J.?  We  can  buy  Canadian  Feldspar  containing  13Jt  of 
Potash,  duty  paid,  and  delivered  at  Orange  for  $8.00  per  ton. 

Your  prompt  reply  will  be  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly. 





ThcB  A.EdiB'-n 

Orange  S  J* 
Dear  Siri- 

In  regards  to  p-ta-sh  spar  and  a  e-ntinuatt  n  f  my 
letter  earlier  in  the  day,  aB  it  ie  the  P'tash  J-ntante  <-f 
the  Boar  y'-u  are  interested  in,  why  w^uld  it  n^t  be  a 

rViSn't”  S3  It  -»  it.  p-tM»  f-r 

I  w-uld  place  a  minimum  price  -f  *2.6,  yer  trn,  rJZ  J/i z 
per  rn  lbB  f  o  b,  here,  and  f^r  every  unit  ab-ve  6J5  y~u  Wt 
pay  me  thirty, five  cents  (35  p  ) 

Spar  running  less  than  six  per  sent  *2.50  per  ton 
$2.85.  8jf  $3.2r.  and  s-  on,  1  merely  -ffer  thlB 

Y<-urB  Very  Respectfully. 

Carolina,  Clinchfield  and  Ohio  Railway 


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trans-pacific  royal  mail  steamship  line 

Telephone,  Barclay  78ED 

I"  YOUR  REPLY  REFER  TO  543.9 


February  23,  1916, 

Mr.  J.  T.  Rogers, 

Traffic  Manager, 

Thomas  A.  Edison  Inc., 

'  Orange,  N. 

\'i  ■  Bear  Sir: 

‘1-  ft  Confirming  telephone  conversation 

with  you  of  even  date  relative  to  rate  on 
'  ;  f eld spat,  Kirk's  Ferry  to  Silver  Lake,  N.J. 

The  present  rate  on  feldspar  frb'm 

Guildford  &  Kaltersvillo  Granite  Co., 

207  St.  Paul  Street, 

Baltimore,  Md. 


X  shall  possibly  he  in  the  market 
for  a  supply  of  Potash  Feldspar,  say  two  car¬ 
loads  a  week.  I  should  desire  to  get  Feldspar 
which  has  as  high  a  percentage  of  Potash  as 

Will  you  kindly  advise  me  whether 
you  would  be  able  to  supply  a  high  Potash  Feld¬ 
spar,  and  if  bo  at  what  price  in  carload  lots, 
If  you  have  several  grades,  will  you  kindly 
give  mo  analysis  of  each. 

Kindly  address  your  reply  for  atten¬ 
tion  of  my  Assistant,  Mr.  \\.  H.  Meadowcroft'|| 
Yours  very  truly. 

Woolworth  Bldg. 
How  York  City 

Referring  to  your  letter  of  the  23rd  Inst.,  file 
643-9,  and  the  writer's  conversation  of  this  date  with 
your  Chief  Clerk: 

te  are  anxious  to  move  oar load  shipments  of  feldspar 
irk'a  Ferry,  Canada  to  Silver  lake,  hut  the  rate 
quoted  in  your  letter  under  acknowledgment  fliakes  it  pro¬ 

Feldspar  can  he  obtained  from  the  following  points 
at  the  rates  enumerated  biklow: 

Baltimore,  Hd.  -  12.6  cents  per  owt 

\  ,*Biath,  Maine  &  ) 

>  f  Brunswick,  Maine  ) -  16.8  ‘ 

Srenton,  H.  J.  - — "  7.3 

You  will  therefore  see  that  the  Canadian  situation  is 
entirely  out  of  alignment. 

Mr.  Edison  would  prefer  to  use  the  feldspar  that  can 
he  had  from  Xirk's  Ferry  if  the  proper  rate  basis  can  he 
arrived  at.  We  intend  to  move  at  least  2  oars  per  week 

^rivea  a-c.  we  aio«uu  —  —  asu  *  oars  per  week  for 

i  -neriod  of  several  years.  Ehis  we  believe  would  warrant 

/our  Company  establishing  a  commodity  rate  of  14  cents  per  owt. 
ion  must  consider  that  there  is  a  duty  oharge  of  l«to  he  _ 
idded  to  the  freight  rate  and  this  of  course  makes  it  dixf 
tor  us  to  oupe  with. 

'-“J-’SSSTsS  sSSSSEtp*- 

’tathf  llS  Sf  on  equitable  rate  on  the  above  com- 

mod it y? 

Please  handle  this  matter  ^  Wspatoh  as  Hr.  Edison  is 
daily  awaiting  report  from  me  on  this  subject. 

yours  very  truly 



i  Mr.  V/.H.Hoadbworoft 

V/e  oan  supply  you  with  a  high  potash  feld- 
3 par  of  which  we  herewith  enclose  you  a  copy  of  the 
analysis  which  shows  13.40$  potash.  We  have  not  had 
any  of  this  Feldspar  to  show  less  than  114$  potash 
and  95$  will  show  at  least  13$.  We  have  other  grades 
of  Feldspar  hut  does  not  contain  near  the  amount  of 
potash  as  the  sample  which  we  are  submit t ing  >-o  you. 
We  can  supply  this  to  you  in  any  degree  of  fineness  u 
to  350  mesh. 

V/e  beg  to- quote  you  on  120  mesh  fineness 
§11.00  per  net  ton  and  350  mesh  fineness  §20.00  per 
net  ton,  f.o.b.  cars,  Erenton. 

•Hoping  we  may  have  the  pleasure  of  serving 
you, we  beg  to  remain 

Feb.  28th.  1916. 

iour  favor  of  the  26th  instant  has  been  shown  to  me  by  Ur. 
ileadow croft,  together  with  your  sample  of  pulverized  PotaBh  Feldspar. 

As  you  have  probably  inferred  from  my  inquiry,  I  am  working 
on  a  process  of  obtaining  Potash  from  Feldspar. In  order  that  this  pro¬ 
cess  shall  be  commercially  successfully,  it  will  be  necessary  for  me 
to  obtain  a  high  Potash  Feldspar  at  a  somewhat  less  price  than  you  quote. 
I  have  been  offered  Potash  Feldspar  from  several  locations,  but  yours 
and  another  offering  strike  me  most  favorably,  as  the  FeldBpar  in  each 
case  shows  13.40#  Potash. 

I  could  obtain  the  13.40#  Potash  Feldspar  offered  by  the  other 
people  at  about  $8.00  per  ton,  F.  0.  B.  Orange.  I  should  have  to  grind 
it.  but  this  is  right  in  my  line,  as  I  have  many  years  experience  in  my 
cement  and  ore  milling  businesses.  1  figure  that  I  can  grind  it  at  from 
$1.00  to  $1.50  per  ton. 

I  wish  you  could  see  your  way  clear  to  quote  me  not  more  than 
$10.00  per  ton,  F.  0...B.  Orange,  If.  J. .  for  the  13.40#  Potash  Feldspar, 
120  mesh  finoss.  My  requirements  will  be  about  two  oar loads  a  week,  and 
to  be  oandid  with  you  I  would  liko  to  give  you  the  business,  oas  you  are 
nearer  home  then  the  other  concern  above  referred  to. 

In  any  event,  I  should  be  glad  if  you  would  kindly  ship  me 
one  ton  of  the  13.40#  Potash  Feldspar  at  your  earliest  convenience. . 

Shis  may  be  shipped  in  bags  consigned  to  me  at  Orange,  II.  J.  1 
like  to  make  use  of  it  in  my  experiments.  Y.hon  you  ship,  will  you  kind¬ 
ly  send  bill  of  lading  to  my  Assistant,  ilr.  Meadoworoft. 

Yours  very  truly, 


The  Guilford  and  Waltersville  Granite  Co. 

Hough  and  Cut  Granite  for  Building  and  Monumental  Work 


BALTIMORE,  MD.  Fe  b. 26th.  1910  J 

-  favor  of  the  24th. Inst. and  beg  to  say\ 

that  our  spar  is  rather  high  in  potash 
Same  sells  for  i?  4.50  F.O.B.  ( 



Oxide  of  Iroi 




/flA.  ! 

Yours  respectfully 


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March  1st .  1916 . 

The  Guilford  and  Yittletcreville  Granite  Co., 

11  2.  Lexington  Street, 

Baltimore,  Md . 


I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  26th  ultimo  and  note 
your  quotation,  also  the  satisfactory  analysis  of  your  l;ota3h 
Feldspar.  On  a  time  contract  for  300  tons  per  month  would  you  he 
able  to  .uarantee  the  supply  of  Feldspar  at  least  as  high  in 
Potash  as  the  figures  given  by  you,  namely,  13.26  per  cent? 

It  occurs  to  me  that  possibly  you  may  supply  this 
material  to  potteries,  in  which  case  you  probably  have  to  pick 
out  lumps  containing  iron,  mica,  and  other  things  which  are  ob¬ 
jectionable  to  potters.  So  far  as  I 'am  concerned,  these  im-  . 
purities  make  no  difference.  Yihat  I  should  want  to  obtain  would 
be  a  Feldspar  with  a  uniformly  high  i?otash  content,  fully  as 
good  as  the  analysis  given  in  your  letter. 

She  freight  rate  hs  given  mo  by  my  Traffic  Department 
here  is  $3.16  per  ton  from  Woodstock  to  Orange,  IJ.  J-  Can  you 
tell  mo  if  this  is  correct? 

lours  very  truly. 

Intermont  China  Clay  Company 



Erwin  Tonn.  Feb-28-1916. 

Hr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange  IT.J. 

Dear  Sir: 

I  have  your  letter  Feby  24th.  I  fear  it  will  he  hard  for 
me  to  furnish  you  North  Carolina  Feldspar  that  will  average  in 
Potash  Content  ovdr  10  or  11  per  cent,  and  although  I  have  not 
analysed  the  5000  tons  I  now  have  out--as  this  is  a  Lime  'spar 
T  am  afraid  it  will  not  contain  as  much  Potash  as  you  desire. 

Since  I  am  more  familiar  with  your  needs  I  am  reasonably  sure 
that  T  a  material  that  will  contain  even  more  Potash 

that  either  North  Carolina  or  Canadian  Feldspar  and  I  am  now  wo rk mg 
on  this.  Our  Chemist  is  out  of  town  to  he  gone  for  a  week  or  ten  days 
and  T  will  he  unable  to  give  you  the  ana^sis— hut  what  I  should  prefer 
doing  is  sending  you  samples  of  this  material  and  have  you  have 
analysed  also  see  the  material  then  if  you  are  interested  in  the 
material  X  shall  he  glad  to  take  up  further  with  you. 

The  freight  rate  will  he  about  §3.50  per  ton  from  point  of 
shipment  to  Orange,  U.J. 

Yours  truly, 


vO„N .  N  . 

N.J.  February  29,  1916, 

Replying  to  your  esteemed  favor  of  the  28th  inst.,  ye  are 
pleased  to  quote  you  a  price  of  §4.10  per  net  ton,  f.o.b.  East  Temple¬ 
ton,  Quebec,  Canada.  The  rate  to  Trenton  is  §3.90  per  net  ton  and 
into  Carteret, i  N.J.  $3.90  per  net  ton.  i7e  presume  that  uhe  pie 
Railroad  Co.  will  join  in  on  this  rate  and  that  it  will  not  be  any  more 
than  to  either  Carteret  or  Trenton. 

■je  agree  with  you  that  it  is  possible  to  grind  this  material 
for  51.00  to  51.50  per  ton,  providing  it  is  not  essential  that  the 
material  be  kept  free  from  coming  in  contact  with  any  metal  in  the  _  _ 
process  of  the  grinding.  Our  mills  are  all  arranged  to  grind  materia, 
and  keep  it  free  from  iron,  having  machines  all  lined  with  silex  ana 
also  doing  our  crushing  by  chaser  stones. 

The  John  E.  Thropp's  Sons  Co.,  which  Company,  the  stock¬ 
holders  of  this  company  are  the  sole  owners  of,  are  manufacturers  of 
cement  pulverizing  machines,  tube  mills  and  ball  mills,  but  ■•his. 
system  we  cannot  use  in  handling  Feldspar  for  the  purpose  which  we 
prepare  it,  all  branches  of  ceramics.  Consequently,  the  price  we 
quoted  you,  5 11. 00  per  net  ton,  f.o.b.  oars,  Trenton,  is  for  material 
prepared  under  this  process. 

Vie  would  be  pleased  to  receive  your  order  for  the  crude 
material.  As  we  stated  in  our  previous  letter,  our  Feldspar  will 
show  a  potash  content  of  from  11  to  13J»  and  over. 

Y/e  shall  make  shipment  of  the  one  ton  to-day  and  have 
same  followed  by  a  tracer  and  mall  bill-of-lading  to  Hr .  lie  a  do  w- 
croft,  as  per  your  request. 




March  iet-I6. 

f  J 

Sntee  I  could  offer  would  ^  f  p^aBA 

the  mine,  some  rf  4t  wiia«rf7rnhiv  lees,  cf^cu**6  4f  yrU  . 

n^re  rt  it  will  run  c-nslderabiy  x( ,^c  /^rBaly  aB  pcB8i- 

ars-^  “JiS^gi  (BiatA  oTSt^r  s^ss** 

The  freight  rate^fr-m  her/w^uid  he 
brrh-d'of  53.50  per  net  ten,  ®^f3^Ult1wii!  maVe  the  spar 
S'  ^  t^/lelivered  in  Orange. 

Could  yru  he  intereB tad  in  petaBhfrem  the 

bU  atcut  7s* rf 

the  frlegh  j/  ^  continued  attention  and  hoping 

t.  he  ahljrs^/^  V.  very  near  future  I  - 
/  Y-ure  Very  Respectfully. 

t  /  ^  *T~* 

V/Q^Uce^®'  u  i  4-  to 

March  10th.  1916. 

Mr.  George  «.  Owens, 

Green  Mountain,  ii.C. 

Bear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  the  first  instant  to  Mr-  Edison  was 
received.  Ke  requests  me  to  say  that  he  wants  Feldspar  only 
for  extracting  Potash  for  chemical  purposes,  and  would  not 
consider  going  into  the  agricultural  field. 

He  intends  building  a  small  Potash  works,  and  .wants 
Feldspar,  but  does  not  want  it  unless  it  will  average  at  least 
13p  of  potash,  preferrably  more.  Ho  does  not  care  anything 
about  iron  or  mica  or  other  impuritios  such  as  are  objected  to 
by  manufacturers  of  porcelain  and  earthenware . 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  .Edison. 

Mr.  Shos.  A.  Edison.  -2-  March  2,  1916. 

control.  We  also  find  that  there  is  a  shortage  of 
empty  cars  on  the  Canadian-Pacific  Railway  Co.  which 
has  detained  us  on  several  occasions. 

We  cannot  hold  this  offer  open  any  length 
of  time,  because  there  are  one  or  two  more  concerns 
whom  v/e  have  quoted  for  this  grade  of  material  and 
in  the  event  of  receiving  their  orders,  we  will  not 
have  capacity  to  take  care  of  your  requirements.  Under 
these  circumstances,  we  hope  that  you  will  he  able  to 
make  a  test  of  the  one  ton  of  feldspar  which  we  shipped 
at  an  early  date  and  let  us  hear  from  you  just  as  soon 
as  possible  concerning  your  contract. 

Shanking  you  for  your  kind  attention  in 
this  matter  and  awaiting  the  pleasure  of  hearing 
further  from  you,  we  remain 

fours  very  truly, 

f  Y^.egt> 


March  3rd.  1916. 

Mr .  ii.  V, .  Lawson, 

%  Intermont  China  ciay  Company, 
Krwin,  1’enn. 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  28th  ultimo  and  would  say 

s  srs  sr,2  ss/ss,  »> 

my  purpose. 

1  am  iriad  to  learn,  however,  that  you  have  a  material  that 

added  to  the  duty  would  prohahly  make  it  cost  too  much. 

However,  1  am  assuming  from  you  letter  that  the  material  you 
have  in  mind  is  not  Canadian^ and  that  there would  he |  «  in  ^  ^ 
Orange°  ^ df Ifthfprice  ^Mlde^a?  is  not  Soo  high.  I  think  we 
should’ be  getting  nearer  to  desiraoae  conditions. 

pieaso  have  your  chomist  go  ahead  and  make  the  “alysis  when 

and^m'sefif  1  canaha?e’an°analy6isnmade  here-  ilease^send  samples 

to  my  assistant!-'.-  H.  Meadowcroft,  at  this  address,  and  ne  wil. 
bring  them  to  my  attention  at  once. 

,»>  **  ;*s,r«ss.. 

390  tons  per  month. 

Yours  vory  truly. 

lo  tho  Secretary  of  the  Treasury, 

Washington,  D.  C. 

S  I  K: 

'rtill  you  kindly  advise  rae  v.hethor  there 
is  a  duty  on  crude  feldspar  imported  into  this 
country  from  Canada.  If  so,  rill  you  kindly 
advise  me  what  such  duty  is. 

Yours  respectfully, 

Mar.  8,iril6. 

Mr.  B.  B.  larnour,  G.A. , 

Canadian  Pacific  By., 

Woolworth  Building. 

Hew  fork  City. 

Dear  3ir:- 

Eef erring  again  to  the  writer' a 
letter  dated  ?el>.  86th.  end  my  telephone  conversation 
of  this  date  with  you.  in  connection  with  the  rate  on 
feldspar  from  Kirk's  Berry,  Canada  to  Silver  lake. 

I  wish,  you  would  do  everything  possible 
with  your  people  at  Montreal  to  facilitate  the  handling 
of  this  matter  in  oidor  that  the  rate  situation  ay  bo 
adjusted  with  as  little  delay  as  possible. 

Hr.  HLioon  is  daily  pressing  the  writer 
for  information  on  this  subject.  Your  assistance  will 
be  appreciated. 

Yours  very  truly. 

i'raffio  Manager. 






Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
Orange,  II.  J, 

Sir  : 

March  9,  1916. 

I  hove  to  acknowledge  the  receipt  of  your  letter 
of  the  4th  instant,  requesting  information  relative 
to  the  duty  on  feldspar  imported  into  this  country 
from  Cana  da. 

Feldspar  is  not  specifically  provided  for  as 
such  in  the  tariff  act  of  1913.  Crude  feldspar 
would  proha hly  he  free  of  duty  under  paragraph  549 
of  the  tariff,  which  provides  for  the  free  entry  of 

"Minerals,  crude  or  not  advanced  in 
.  value  or  condition  hy  refining  or  grinding, 
or  hy  other  process  of  manufacture,  not 
specially  provided  for". 

Crushed  feldspar  would  prohahly  he  dutiable  at 
the  rate  of  20  per  centum  ad  valorem  under  paragraph 
81,  which  provides  that  rate  of  duty  on 

"Earthy  or  mineral  substances  wholly 
or  partially  manufactured  end  articles  and 
wares  composed  wholly  or  in  chief  value  of 
earthy  or  mineral  suhetances,  not  specially 
provided  for  x  x  x  not  decorated  in  any 


Ho  enclosure.  Chlef«  Division  of  Customs. 



Fl^OUBi  3S<riI/X/'5  COMPANY 
ivirisrKr^A.por/i5 ,  Minnesota.. 



Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 
East  Orange. 

Dear  Sir; 


A  group  of  young  inDnwere  yesterdp/  discussing 
carborundum  and  some  ono  seated  that  it  was  discovered  by 
accident  by  a  young  man  in  your  employ  who  wasf  fusing  carbon 
with  electricity  and  noticed  that  the  carbo/dust  looked  as 
though  it  had  abrasive  possibilities,  and/immediately  upon 
this  hint  of  a  discovery  the  young  man  left  your  employ  to 
develop  it.  The  question  was  raised /s  to  whether  or  not 
this  young  man  was  under  contract  to/you  to  give  to  you  all 
such  finds  he  made  in  experiments./  The  writer  knew  nothing 
about  the  whole  matter  and  would/appreciate  your  courtesy, 
if  you  can  find  time  to  set  hipr  right  on  the  point,  as  to  what 
sort  of  arrangement  governs  such  an  occurence,  and  wishes  to 
thank  you  in  advance  for  any  information  you  care  to  give  him. 





.  Bamtoiorb  ,  U.s./V . 

**  uj* 

■fcj#  ^ 

We/have  from  time  to  time  had  corres-  ^ 

ice  with  you  in  regard  to  Potash  Feldsnar 
for  extraction  purposes.  |k 

/  We  have  recently  opened  a  mine  in  North  i 
Carolina,  whore  the  material  is  averaging  from 
lQfa/£o  11.755?  Potash  in  carlotsj^ 

s  are  prepared  to  make  you  shipment  of 
trial  car  of  this  material  on  the  following  basis* 

If  the  material  analyzes  11.505?  Potash 
content,  the  price  is  to  be  $3.60  per  ton  fob  our 
mines  North  Carolina.  If  it  runs  10.505?  the  price 
is  to  bo  $3.25  per  ton.  If  the  car  which  we  ship 
you  runs  lower  than  9.505?  we  will  not  make  any 
charge  for  it. 

This  spar  is  semi-kaolinized  and  very  soft 
and  will  therefore  do  no  injury  to  any  kind  of  an 
iron  mill  when  ground* 

Very  truly  yours, 


yrites  ore 



April  20th.  1916. 

Che  Product.  Sales  Company, 

Equitable  Building, 

Baltimore,  ild. 

attention  of  Mr.  H.  H.  Hanna. 


Your  favor  of  the  1st  instant  was  received, 
and  I  sent  it  down  to  Mr.  Edison,- who  is  in  Florida. 

He  appreciates -your  proposition,  and  requests 
me  to  say  that  he  cannot  decide  the  mattor  definitely 
at  this  time,  but  will  bo  in  position  to  take  it  into 
consideration  when  his  experiments  have  advanced  further. 

He  noted  on  your  letter-head  that  you  handle 
precipitated  chalk,  and  requested  me  to  write  and  ask  you 
for  your  price  in  carload  lots.  Perhaps  you  had  better  send 
me  sample  with  your  quo. at ion,  and  I  will  bring  same  to  his 
attention  as  soon  as  he  returns  from  Florida. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

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jL^f'  PoibJl  - 

The  Proci 

This  process  is  based  on  the  fact  that  fused  salt 
attacks  feldspar  and  a  double  decomposition  occurs,  giving  KC1 
and  leaving  a  soda  feldspar.  The  reaction  does  not  take  place 
below  the  melting  point  of  the  salt,  which  is  about  1480  degrees 
p.  To  make  the  re-action  complete,  a  large  excess  of  HaCl  must 
be  used.  This  promotes  a  thorough  oontact  between  the  salt  and 
the  feldspar.  However,  this  salt  iB  not  lost, as  it  is  practically 
all  recovered  in  the  process,  only  a  little  more  than  the  theo- 
ritical  amount  of  salt  being  actually  used  up  in  the  reaction. 

In  the  laboratory,  in  covered  crucibles,  yields  of 
90$  have  been  easily  recovered.  On  a  larger  scale  ,  due  to 
volatilization,  these  yields  have  not  been  actually  recovered, 
although  it  hus  been  proven,  by  analyzing  the  extracted  residue, 
that  90$  or  more  of  the  potash  has  been  converted  and  replaced 
in  the  feldspar  by  the  salt.  An  attempt  was  made  to  catch  the 
volitilazed  force  by  an  absorption  tower.  Due  to  poor  construction 
of  the  tower,  proper  absorption  was  not  obtained.  ADout  40$  in 
all  volitilized  under  certain  furnace  conditions.  Of  this  , 

20$  was  caught  in  the  absorption  tower  and  50$  was  recovered  by 
extracting  the  ground  clumps  from  the  furnace.  This  gives  an 
actual  recovery  of  70$  of  the  potash,  as  KOI,  An  analysis  of  the 
extracted  residue  showed  10$  of  the  potash  still  in  the  rock, 
indicating  a  yield  of  9D$  ,  and  showing  a  loss  of  20$  due  to  leakage, 
and  fumes  hanging  to  the  walls  of  the  flue.  A  sample  of  oon" 

densed  fume  ,  obtained  from  the  flue  is  shown  with  the  report. 

Since  it  will  be  necessary  to  have  an  absorption  built 
for  catching  that  part  of  the  KC1  whioh  volatilizes  the  best  way 
would  be  to  design  the  whole  process  so  as  to  drive  all  the  KOI 
over  as  fume*,  ahd  absorb  all  of  it.  This  will  prevent  the  necessity 
of  grinding  the  hard  clumps  which  come  from  the  furnace,  samples  of 
whifh  are  fiven.*rwith  the  report.  It  will  also  make  it  unnecessary 
to  extract  this  material,  and  separate  the  solution  from  the  powder 
and  wash,  etc.  All  that  will  be  necessary  will  be  to  take  the  solution 
direot  from  the  absorption  tower  to  the  evapotator.  The  following 
absorption  *ower  is  suggested  by  Ur.  Mason  and  will  probably  do  the 
job(  see  sketoh  on  next  page). 

The  draft  of  the  rotary  will  be  forced  by  suction,  bo  as  to  pre- 

^  One  experiment  was  made,  attempting  to  drive  out  all 
the  KC1  .  The  mass  was  heated  for  6  hours  at  about  1750  degrees 
F  Only  about  1055  of  the  amount  in  the  rock  originally,  was  left, 
indicating  that  with  suitable  absorbing  appratuB  .about  90?6 
vields  can  be  obtained  without  the  necessity  of  doing  any  extracting. 

*  If  however,  it  is  found  that  too  great  a  fuel  consumption 

is  necessary  to  volatilize  all  the  K.C1  under  rotary  furnace  conditions 
the  clumps  may  be  ground  up  to  about  50  mesh  and  extracted,  and  the 
sludge  separated  in  a  Dorr  thickener.  This  will  not  add  much  to  the 
expense  of  the  process. 

A  description  of  the  experiments. 

The  experiments  were  made  as  follows: 

The  salt  and  powdered  feldspar  were  intimately  mixed  in  a 
can  with  an  agitator,  and  just  enough  water  added  to  make  a  thick 
mottar-like  mass.  This  was  spread  out  in  a  layrjlnch  thick  and  cut 
into  cubes  about  an  inch  on  a  side.  These  were  then  dried  ,  and 
shoveled  into  the  furnace  at  a  temperature  of  about  1700  degrees  E. 

The  yield  was  found  to  be  affected  by  three  variables. 

(1)  length  of  time  in  furnace. 

(2)  Temperature. 

(3)  Broportion  of  salt. 

all  the  potash  that  was  soluble  in  water.  - 

cause  of  the  volatilization  in  the  furnace.  Experiments  were  also 
made  to  determine  how  the  volatilization  was  effected  by  various 
things.  It  was  found  that  this  was  effeoted  by; 

(1)  Draft. 

(2)  length  of  time  in  furnace. 

(3)  Broportion  of  salt. 

A  temperature  change  of  100  degrees  E.  although  it  had  a  large 
effect  on  the  yield,  had  practically  no  effect  on  the  amount  of 
volatilization.  £t  was  found  that  those  factors  which  tend  to  de¬ 
crease  the  volatilization  ,  also  decrease  the  yield,  exoept  for  the 
draft . 


Effeot  of  time  on  yield., 

°ndlEQuai:weiglit  of  salt  and  feldspar. 
Temperature-1600  degrees  F. 




2  hours 

3  " 

6  " 


Effeot  of  temperature  on  yield. 

°n  Equal 8 weight  of  salt  and  feldspar. 
Time-3  hours. 


1600  0  F. 
1V00  o  F. 


Effeot  of^cn 

luantitg  of  salt  on  yields 

Time-3  hours 

Temperature-1700  Degrees  F. 



.  -3- 

Effect  of  draft  on  volatilization.  ' 


Time-3  hours. 

Equal  weights  of  salt  arid  feldspar. 
Temperature  .1700  degrees  E. 

Considerable  excess  draft  gave  a  loss  in  weight  of  the 
entire  mass  of  30#  of  the  original. 

The  draft  was  now  reduced,  and  the  103B  m  weight  was 
found  to  he  only  El#  of  the  original  weight  of  the  mass. 

Effect  of  time  on  volatilization. 


Equal  weights  of  salt  and  feldspar. 
Temperature  1700  degrees  E. 

yields  however, 
hour  hatch  was 

Time  loss  in  Weight, 

3  hours  El  lbs. 

2  «  16  " 
decrease  with  decreased  time.  The  yield  in  the  two 
only  75#.  That  in  the  3  hour  hat oh  85#. 

When  a  smaller  proportion  of  salt  to  feldspar  is  used 
not  so  much  of  the  potash  volatilizes  in  a  given  time  hecause  it 
takes  longer  for  the  salt  to  react  with  the  feldspar. 

Me til  ode  of  Crytallization  and  Purification. 

After  extraction  or  absorption  a  solution  is  obtained 
containing  salt  and  potassium  chloride.  The  curves  given  on  the 
following  page,  illustrate  the  variation  of  the  solubility  of  a 
mixture  of  KC1  and  salt  with  temperature.  From  these  curves  it 
may  be  seen  that,  while  the  solubility  of  salt,  decreases  with  in¬ 
creased  temperature  ,  the  solubility  of  KC1  increases  agreat  deal 
with  increased  temperature.  The  method  of  proceedure,  for  separating 
these  two,  then,  would  be  as  follows; 

The  solution  is  boiled  down,  separating  out  salt, until 
the  point  where  it  is  almost  saturated  with  KC1  at  the  boiling  tem¬ 
perature- — AlKthis  point,  the  specific  gravity  of  the  solution  hot, 
is  aboulTl.24oX  The  boiling  poifct  of  the  solution  is  108  to  109 
degrees  denifirgrade .  It  is  now  quickly  run  through  a  gravity  filter, 
while  hot.  This  filters  the  salt  off,  and  the  liquid  runs  into  a 
orystaliize  pan,  and  cools.  The  KCl,  crystallizes  out.  The  lower 
layer  of  KCl  is  more  impure  than  that  which  crystallizes  out  last. 

The  lower  layer  is  about  85%  KCl.  The  top  layer  is  about  95%  KCl. 

Further  Purification. 

To  purify  further  the  KCl  is  packed  into  a  tank,  and 
soaked  for  several  hours,  with  cold  water.  This  takes  out  most  of 
the  salt  and  as  Kcl  is  not  very  soiuable  in  cold  water,  especially 
in  the  presence  of  salt,  it  does  not  dissolve  very  much  KCl. 

The  wash  water  is  run  back  into  the  evaporating  tank.  The  product 
is  over  95%  KOI,  and  can  be  used  for  making  caustic  potash. 

The  salt  filtered  off,  contains  a  considerable  percentage 
of  KC1,  but  ,  since  this  is  dried  and  used  over  again,  there  is  no 
chance  for  lose  in  the  process  due  to  this  cause.  . 


Post  Estimate . 

Since  the  largest  expense  item  in  this  process  is 
the  feldspar,  it  would  he  most  ecomonical  and  very  advisable  to 
make  the  plant  right  at  the  feldspar  quarry*  ThiB  save  the 

freight  which  costs  about  as  much  as  the  feldspar.  If,  at  the 
same  time,  this  is  near  a  coal  ana  salt  supply,  all  the  better. 

Feldspar . 

Ur.  Headowcroft  advises  me  that  a  quotation  as  low  as 
$3.60  a  ton  for  10$  K20  feldspar  has  been  made,  to  be  delivered  at 
the  quarry. 


Mo  quotations ;  have  been  obtained  on  salt,  but  an  es¬ 
timate  of  $600  a  ton  for  rock  salt,  has  been  assumed. 


Mr.  Mason  says  that  75fL  a.  ton  for  crushing  to  a  150 
mesh  is  a  fair  estimate.  For  safety,  $1.00  a  ton  has  been  as¬ 


As  a  great  deal  of  water  is  to  be  evaporated  it  is 
advisable  to  use  a  vacuum  evaporator.  A  triple  effect  will  evap¬ 
orate  25  pounds  of  water  per  pound  of  coal.  For  safety,  20 
pounds  of  water  per  pound  of  coal  has  been  assumed. 


Cost  of  ooal  haB  been  taken  as  $5.00  a  ton.  Mason  stated 
that  fuel  cost  for  burning  cement  is  1 2jS  per  400  pounds.  Here,  15j} 
has  been  assumed. 

Power . 

The  power  cost  has  been  estimated  as  5}!  per  100  pounds  of 
feldspar  treated,  which  corresponds-with  that  in  cement  work. 


The  labor  oost  is  hard  to  estimate,  but  13  men  are  as¬ 
sumed  at  $3.00  a  day,  to  be  safe,  for  a  plant  to  handle  15  tons  of 

fe Ids oar- every "84  hours.  This  is  assuming  that  only  the  kiln 
runs  all-night,  the  evaporators,  etc.,  running  only  by  day. 

The  total  then 

Feldspar  (100  lbs) 

Salt  (20  lbB) . 

Crushing . .... 

Evaporation . 

Fuel . . . 

Power . . 

labor . . 

Miscellaneous . 


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Tfie|jwriter,  v/ho>nasJ^neclferce  of  Idaho' s  mineral  ttC^. 
display  at  San  Francisco,  you  will  perhaps  remember 
having  had  quite  a  conversation  with  in  regard  to  our 
nickel  cobalt  field  in  Lemhi  County.  From  this  con¬ 
versation,  it  seems  that  one  of  your  men,  at  one  time, 
made  more  or  less  of  an  examination  on  some  of  this 
ground,  and  the  contention  that  you  made  was  that  they 
seemed  to  he  out  of  reason  with  the  prices  on  their 

I  am  about  to  start  on  some  of  my  field  work  and 
X  will  be  in  that  country  very  soon,  and  I  would  like 
to  know  that  if  I  could  get  the  proper  bonds  and 
leases  on  the  major  properties  and  if  the  prices  of 
these  properties  would  be  d own  to  a  good,  sound,  sane 
and  sensible  business  proposition,  and  if  I  can  get 
them  along  these  lines,  would  you  consider  taking  up 
these  options.  If  you  will  consider  them. advise 
me  if  I  should  have  the  options  made  diroct  into  your 
name  or  that  of  one  of  your  company.  The  options 
would  run  direct  from  the  owners  to  whoever  you  may 
designate,  as  we  are  very  anxious  to  have  this  field 
in  operation  and  1  think  I  can  be  successful  in  -per¬ 
suading  the  owners  to  give  the  proper  kind  of  options, 

Trusting  to  receive  a  favorable  reply  at  your 
early  convenience,  I  am 

Very  truly  yours, 


/  ■ 

May  22iia. 

Mr.  Edward  Sohwerd, 

c.  Idaho  Mining  Association, 

'  Overland  Building, 

Boise,  Idaho. 

Dear  Sir: 

Your  favor  of  tho  13th  instant  to 
Mr.  Edison  was  received  ana  has  had  his  atten¬ 

He  wishes  us  to  say  that  when  he 
originally  went  into  the  Cohalt  matter,  the 
prices  named  were  so  ridiculous,  that  he  ma'.ae  .  v 
up  his  mind  (  which  he  has  not  since  changed )  that 
nothing  could  ever  he  done  with  such  impractical 
people.  Mr.  Edison,  therefore,  started  out  to  find 
a  substitute,  and  was  successful.  Therefore,  he 
is  rio% longer  interested  in  Cohalt, 
v  Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory . 

'Denver,  Colorado, 

ir.  Thomas  A,  Edison, 

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hat*  might 'be  the  commercial 

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/  I  write  toTftiquire  what* might 'be  the  commercial 

possibilities  for  handling  Tantalum  ore.  A  prospector  y- 

has  furnished  me  some  samples  and  I  have  had  the  same 
analyzed  by  Victor  Blanc,  a  Denver  chemist,  who  informs 
me  that  the  material  is  iron  tantalate  occuring  in  a  heafjr 
silicious  quartz  ore.  His  analysis  shows  0.43$  of  tantte**- ^ 
lum  pentoxyd  Ta205,  .11  of  an  ounce  in  gold,  a  trace  of  } 

silver.  J 

I  am  informed  that  there  is  quite  a  deposit  ofy 
this  material,  and  if  it  has  any  commercial  posBlbilitie,s 
I  intend  to  look  it  over  and  develop  it.  I  noticed  in  a 
newspaper  sometime  ago  that  you  were  working  on  some  experi¬ 
ments  where  you  used  Tantalum  and  that  you  were  having  some 
difficulty  in  getting  the  material.  Will  you  kindly  inform 
me  whether  that  is  true,  and  what  kind  of  a  price  you  can 
pay  for  this  material,  and  whether  you  would  desire  it  in 
a  crude  form  or  in  the  form  of  concentrates,  or  any  other 
suggestions  you  may  care  to  make  which  would  be  valuable 
to  indicate  to  me  what  would  be  the  best  commercial  form  to 
put  this  product  in  for  the  market. 

I  have  been  informed  that  the  quotation  on  the 
same  is  $8.00  per  gram  and  that  there  are  thirty»one  grams 
in  a  troy  weight  ounce.  I  have  also  heard  that  the  only 
present  product  was  derived  from  Austria  and  that  it  was  hard 
to  get  deliveries  at  the  present  time.  If  there  are  commer¬ 
cial  possibilities  in  this  I  would  like  to  interest  capital 
to  open  up  the  mine  and  put  in  proper  works  for  the  concen¬ 
tration  of  this  ore. 

For  references  will  state  that  I  lived  for  many 
years  at  Gilman,  Colorado,  engaged  in  the  mining  business. 

As  to  my  financial  responsibility  I  refer  you  to  the  First 
National  Bank  of  Denver,  or  to  C.  C.  Parks,  the  Vice-PreBident 
thereof,  also  to  the  International  Trust  Company  or  to  Mr. 

John  Evans,  President  thereof,  also  to  George  C.  Manly  of  Denver, 
Dean  of  the  Denver  Daw  School.  Address  me  for  the  present  at 
Denver,  Colorado,  oare  of  the  Hall  Hotel.  You  can  find  me  at 
any  time  either  by  inquiry  through  Mr.  Manly  or  by  addressing 
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We  are  In  receipt  of  your  letter  of 
June  30th  inquiring  for  a'.;sniall  piece  of  steel  l/2"  square 
4 »  long,  extra  hard,  for  'experimental  purposes. 

.  It  is  notrquite  clear  to  ub  from  your 
letter  whether  you  desire  to  have  us  harden  this  piece  of 
steel  before  we  send  it  to  you  or  not.  If  you  desire  to 
do  any  maohine  work  on  it,  it  would  he  necessary  to  furnish 

you  the  steel  annealed. 

If  you  will  supply  us  with  this  information 

and  if  possible  the  purpose  for  which  you  are  going  to  use 
it  we  shall  be  glad  to  furnish  you  with  a  sample. 

July  7th.  1916 

Hoary  Bisston  &  t;ons ,  Inc . , 

P.  0.  Box  1637 , 

Philadelphia ,  Pa. 

GontlcEon : 

Your  favor  of  tho  first  instant  has  been 
rocoived  and  chov.n  to  2ir.  Edison.  He  wishes  me  to 
say  in  reply  that  ho  would  like  to  have  a  small  piece 
of  stlel  not  hardened.  Ha  wishes  to  use  it  for 
a  special  experiment  for  cutting  a  certain  kind  of 
composition  which  is  extremely  hard. 

‘■‘hanking  you  in  -Mir.  Edison’s  name  for 
your  kind  attention,  I  remain, 

Tours  very  truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

The  Hess  Steel  Corporation 


\fi  )  station  o.  Baltimore,  Md. 

J  • 

""  JU  a-'OLi  ^  «». «“ 


Mr.  W.  H.  Meadowcroft, 


Dear  Sir:-  '  j  s>  4e*  rXxx 
^  WefhiJ^^^IVtter  of  June  30th, 
addressed  to  our  formed 

wq  are  very  nnioh.  ixrfcor ©s tejl  in  your  ~  )  j 

Has  ^ 

We canlafce  you  a  3teel  of  this  char  ( 

aoter ,  containing  a  high  Pf  ^^t°fwS"tets  about  N>  J 

only  do  so  in  quantities  of  one  «-€ 

10,000  lhs  in  bars  or  rods.  QjLfi-fiJL  *“**'  I 

Onr  nlaat  is  equipped  with  Her oult  ]j 
electric  farnwaB  and  wills  ^^oSation^n^on^ec- 

ti%f Sa  &T>SmS>  f«  ■«*»»  y~- 

glad  indeed  to  quote  you  promptly. 

Very  truly^cpurs. 

Dictated  by 
H.-Ii.  Hess-V 

July  'Oth.  1916. 

I'hc  Herr,  Steel  Corporation, 
Baltimore,  iid. 

Gentlemen : 

Hiui-  &.VOV  of  the  sixth  instant'  hen  been  recoivod 
and  shown  To  i2r.  Edison.  Ho  dartres  a»  to  thank  you  for 
your  courteous  attention  to  our  previous  loytcr  crie  ■  +  , 

that  v, o  have  fortunately  boon  aole  uo  find  w,o  ve^y  nard  stool 
we  inouirod  shout.  -ero  is  another  matter,  however,  that  mi. 
Edison  wishes  me  to  take  up  with  you.  no  deoxreb  to  ■'ab- 
whether  you  make  billets  of  stool,  and  ^co  woetner  you  roll 
thin  shoots-  In  our  storage  battery  worse  we  use  about  u, 000 
pounds  oor  day  of  steel  with  very  low  carbon,  rhio  steol  is 
rolled  in  narrow  sheets  of  h/lOOw  to  u/1000  taeh  thielc.  -®  . 

havo  been  thinhinn  of  putting  in  our  own  rolls  and  toying  sheet 
stool  end  re-rolling  it.  iniat  could  you  uo  towards  furnishing 
-3  with  this  material? 

Yours  very  truly. 

assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

Sawyer-Felder  Company 

Edison  Storage  Battery  Company, 

Orange,  Mew  Jersey, 


',7e  are  very  much  interested  to  know  WWat  P ro®4<H'yv4{ 
Ur.  Edison  is  making  in  connection  with  his  tests  for  ohg&rfc  \\ 
ing  potash  from  feldspar.  A  W*r 

Ur.  Sawyer  is  absent  from  this  offbeat  the  present 
time,  but  it  is  the  writer's  impression  that  Mr.  Sawyer  had  a 
talk  with  Mr.  Edison  in  Florida  last  winter  anc  at  that  time  he 
advised  Ur.  Sawyer  he  had  not  quite  satisfied  himself  with  results, 
but  hoped  to  have  things  working  out  very  satisfactorily  in  the 
near  future. 

We  quoted  him  several  times  last  winter 
10  i  or  better  in  K  2-0.  At  this  time,  we  ^  producing  a  f^dspar 
that  will  almost  warrant  us  to  guarantee  not  less  than  13  /°  K2  0, 
and  could  supply  you  with  this  material  in  large  quantities  if  you 
are  interested  at  this  time. 

W e  recently  completed  the  installation  of  what  we 
consider  the  most  up  to  date  grinding  plant  in  the  ^onth.  This 
plant  is  equipped  with  modem  machinery  and  has  an  ^utput  of  ap¬ 
proximately  three  hundred  tons  or  more  per  day,  95  %  through  100 

We  would  be  pleased  to  supplyAwith  fifty  pounds, 
of  13  £  io  K  2-0  spar,  finely  ground. 

Thanking  you  very  much  for  your  kind  attention,  and 
hoping  to  hear  further  from  you  f»  »>»»«<<«•  «r  not  vou  are  inter¬ 
ested  in  our  product,  we  beg  to  i 

j  to  whether  or  not  you  are  inter- 
to  remain, 

Yours  very  truly. 



•iiUgUBt  1st.  1916. 

Scivyer-Feldor  Company, 

16i;S  Hurt  Building, 

Atlanta,  Ga. 

Gentlemen : 

¥..>ur  favor  of  tho  28th  ultimo  was  re- 
eoived  and  handed  to  Air.  Edison. 

He  requests  us  to  say  in  reply  that  we  ' 
have  a  small  experimental  plant,  but  cannot  decide 
what  we  will  do  about  a  regular  supply  of  PotaBh 
1’eldBpar  until  our  expetimontB  ere  finished.  At 
tho  jpresent  time  we  ore  buying  what  wo  want  for 
these  experiments  from  fronton,  il.  J. 

Your  letter  will  bo  kept  on  file  for 
future  reference. 

Yours  very  truly, 

Edison  laboratory. 

October  10,  1916. 

Mr.  C.  r.  Johnson,  f 

Eillwood,  Washington. 

hoar  Sir:- 

Your  favor  -of  the  3a  instant  has  been  received. 
In  reply  beg  to  say  that  I  could  use  large. quantities  of 
crude  Cobalt  Oxide  if. I  could  get  it .cheap.  2he  present 
price  of  78^  per  pound  is  too  high  to  permit  its'  use  under 
the  conditions  in  which  I  want  to  use  it. 

ddiffesSnt  district,  that  we  beleive  may  carry  values  in  Platinum, we 
are  prospecting  and  receiving  samples  of  ore  from  many  of  the  mining 
district,  Alaska,  Mexico  and  the  Pacific  Coast  Mining  states. 

We  have  no  Chemist,  that  we  have  any  confidence  in.our  Platinum. 

Y/e  heleive  there  will  in  time  he  lots  of  Platinum  produced  from  some 

„  _ _ _ _ _  __  _  _ ;ing  this  about  jsill 

confer  a  great  benefit.  CJ  •*" 

3™  -  yu  ^4  - 

tor,  but  no  satisfactory  Platinum 
kely  to  accomplish  this  (-discovery 

Viz;  The  rare  metal  prospector  and  an  expert  careful  chemists.  .  /. 

Could  you  make,,  i 
the  ore  samples, 

aix  (6)  to  Twelve  (  12)  Platinum  tests  If  I  shfculd  send 

tr,  dC  *- 

■haefr  from  you  soon, I  sfi  yours  Sincerly 

#320  iroviden'l 


October  10,  1916 

American  Mineral  Producing  Go,,  , 

320  Provident  Building,  . 

Tacoma,  Washington. 

Gentlemen;  Attention  D.  Galiaher. 

Your  favor  of  the  4th' instant  has  been  received. 
A  number  of  years  ago  I  had  the  process  and  a- Chemist 
especially  for  detecting  traces  of  platinum  In  the  many 
.ores  I  received  at  that  time.  We  'could  tost  a  penny¬ 
weight  in  a  ton,,  but' as  I  could  never  find,  any,  I  gave 
It  up  and  the  man  has,  gone  out  of  my  employe  I  do  not 
want  to  get  at  It -again. 

The  prooess  is  in  my  book  somewhere,  but  it 
would  be  aavery  long  job  to,  find  It. 

Yours- very  truly. 

W A X. T 33 E  P.  SCIUCK 


While  vi3iting  at  the  recent  Exposition 
of  Chemical  Industries  at  Hew  York  I  saw  at  your 
exhibit  a  sample  of  the  flake  nickel  that  you 
manufacture , and  was  told  that  this  substance  is 
for  sale  by  you.  'Will  you  kindly  give  me  a  price 
on  this  flake  nickel-  in  quantities  in  from  one  to 
five  pounds  and  state-  whether  there  are  any  re¬ 
strictions  as  tp;''i-ts  'u3e'  in  a  commercial  way? 

/./  Yours  truly, 

wj.  cL"  A 

k  iZ. 

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**  ^  y'  ,  C<r 

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Thomas  A.  Edison,  laboratory. 

Memo.  No.  104 
Date  10/36/16 

Ur.  R.  W.  Kellow, 

Asst,  Secretary, 

Seoretarlal _Se  rvi oe  .  Department 

for  Mr,  Charles  Haas,  . 
BooKSoeeping  Service  Department 

In  many  instances  invoioes  covering  deliveries 
of  Material  to  this  division  have  been  rendered  during  the 
month  following  said  deliveries. 

The  material  in  most  oases  is  Scrap  Copper, 
purchased  from  different  Divisions  of  T.  A.  Edison,  Ino., 
and  delivered  to  our  Foundry  where  it  is  immediately  oast 
into  anodes,  and  delivered  to  the  plating  dept. 

In  order  to  effect  a  true  oost,  it  is  most 
essential  that  all  invoioes  whioh  refleot  in  the  cost  should 
be  rendered  during  the  month  in  whioh  deliveries  of  Material 
are  made . 

Will  you  not  please  give  this  matter  your  atten¬ 
tion  to  the  erd  that  we  may  reoeive  future  invoioes  in  ample 
time  to  refleot  in  our  current  month's  cost  ? 

Thomas  A.  Edison,  Ino. 

CO  Ur.  Hush:  &  Pile. 

Parliament  Buildings, 

.  Toronto,  Oct.  26,  1916j 
Thos.  A.  Edison,  Esq.,  ^  <XiX'e~ 

Orange,  II.  J.  Qj  [,,.x_r  _  f*/ 

Dear  Slr>  (QL^cf.C 

The  members  of  the  Ontario  Nickel  Oommissio^-agp  ^ 
anxious  to  obtain  all  possible  information  as  to  outlets  for 
metallic  nickel,  its  salts,  oxides  and  alloys,  and  X  should 
esteem  it  a  favor  if  you  could  see  us  when  we  visit  New  York 
next  month.  X  understand  that  in  addition  to  your  work  on 
the  use  of  nickel  in  batteries,  you  have  been  much  interested 

in  the  development  and  i 

i  of  niokel  steel  for  automobile 

parts  and  other  special  purposes,  and  in  the  use  of  nickel 
for  alloys  other  than  those  containing  iron. 

We  are  visiting  a  number  of  the  large  special  users 
of  niokel,  but  believe  that  the  information  whioh  you  could 
give  us  would  be  of  particular  value,  as  it  would  cover  a 
larger  and  more  general  field  than  the  experience  of  those 
who  use  nickel  only  for  one  or  two  purposes. 

/  Chairman.  ' 

C.Dict :GTH-D. 

October  SX, 1916 

Dear  Sir:-  . 

I  have  received  your  favor  of  the  £6th 
instant,  ana  in  reply  would  say  I  use  nickel  only 
.probably  for  storage  batteries.  I  4o  not  make  any 
automobile  parts.  ■ 

A’ihen  you  anO  the  other  memhors  of  the 
Ontario  nickel  Commission  visit  Hew  fork  nest  month, 
I  shall  be  very  glad  to  see  you  if  you  will  come 
out  to  the  laboratory  •  Lot.  me  suggest  that' you 
telephone  my  Assistant',  lir.  Vi.  H«  Meadowcroft,  aha 
he  will  make  an  appointment  for  you. 

four b  very  truly,  _•  . 



November  10,  1916. 

fo  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

jfer  Tvv'Vj 

Following  our  letter  of  July  28th, 

than  Feldspar,  and  may  bd\  mined  a 

are  in  control  of  oertain  property 

August  first  in  referenoe  to  Feldspar  as  a  possible  source  of  Potash, 
we  beg  to  call  your  attention  to  some  recent  experimental  work  in  con¬ 
nection  with  the  possible  supply  of  Potaslj  from  a  mineral  called  \ 

eL  irh  Hi  r” 

Thi3  mineral  is  myro  ^abundant ,  ijm  S-ou^flT^y  jjft 

Georgia,  than  Feldspar,  and  may  b^minea  aVa  vemr 

jiime  we  are  in  control  of  oertain  properties  -e^Whioh^thege  ar»  aggbt- 
less  millions  of  tons  of  3erlolte_t0^ill  avg?ag(  in  K3-oT&tsnt,^ 
9  10,75  *.  QaT^  - 

17e  are  now  working  on  ^  .oaioln^ng^pr^si^agd 
tests  show  that,  at  a  very  low  00 

that  will  average  from  four  to  six'peroent  (fattr  Soluble-  Potash. I  We  are 
more  particularly  interested  in  s up ply^J^6_ f  np. /Ti - ^ H 
finished  produot,  since  our  capitalT* at  this  tide.,,  ^is 

spar  mines  and  a  grinding  plant  aiti&tjfl^arf <*- 
We  are  taking  the  litfe¥#ofTa£C£g  your  attention  to 

from  9  to  10:75  #. 

our  produot,  thinking  perhaps  in  your(eptfrfi»nta,  youratt&atlon  had 
not  been  called  to  the  vast  deposits  of  Serioite  in  t^e  State  of 
Georgia;  and  in  your  numerous  experiments,  this  partioula^ineral  might 
possibly  have  been  overlooked. 

If  a  four  to  six  peroent  Water  Soluble  K2-0  produot  is 

Of  interest  to  you,  we  would  be  pleased  to  furnish  you  samples  of 
Serioite,  both  treated  and  untreated,  and  doubtless  will  be  willing 
to  furnish  you  the  benefit  of  our  tests,  if  by  so  doing,  you  might 
he  interested  in  the  purchase  of  raw  material  from  us. 

'i'hia  material  may  be  loaded  on  oars  for  approximately  $2.00 
per  ton  in  large  quantities,  and  ’both  laboratory  and  furnace  tests 
we  have  made  show  very  satisfactory,'  as  well  as  economical  results. 

It  might  interest  you  to  know  that  with  a  ton  of  Serioite, we 
mix  one  thousand  pounds  of  other  material,  containing  no  Potash,  all 
finely  ground,  We  have  used  as  a  basis,  10  *  Serioite  and  at  a  given 
temperature,  we  can  produce  a  product  containg  5  l/40  Water  Soluble 

The  writer's  knowledge  of  chemistry’ or  laboratory  work  is 
indeed  quite  limited,  and  since  at  a  given  temperature  results  will 
show  5  l/4jS  Water  Soluble  Potash,  by  increasing  this  temperature  100 
degrees  at  a  time,  analysis  of  the  finished  product  show  a  decrease  in 
Pojrash  from  5  l/«*  to  absolutely  no  Potash  at  all  in  the  finished  pro¬ 
duct,  therefore  proving  that  all  of  the  Potash,  (  the  V#  insoluble  in 
the  3000  pounds  of  mixture  )  has  been  driven  out.  Do  you  know  of  any 
way  this  fotaqh  might  be  preserved  at  a  low  cost?  Doubtless  this 
of  Potash  (  5i%  of  which  is  Water  Soluble  and  2^  insoluble),  if  it  can 
be  driven  out  by  raising  the  temperature  higher  than  the  temperature 
at  which  we  got  the  best  results,  leaving  the  furnace  in  a  chloride 
or  chlorine  gas  might  be  economically  saved  in  some  way,  and  in  this 
event  the  cost  to  you  for  suoh  Potash  would  be  something  like  a  pro¬ 
duct  at  $4.00  per  ton  or  $4.00  for  150  pounds  of  Potash.- plus  the  cost. 

of  suoh  operation,  as  suggested.  Such  a  process  would  leave  a  by¬ 
product  that  would  contain  about  30*  Alumina  from  which  Aluminum  might 
be  made  if  so  desired.  The  approximate  figures  referred  to  above  do 
not,  of  course  include  freight  on  the  raw  material. 

to  order  to  produce  material  »t  thee.  IW*.  «  "lu 
0.  necessary  for  .  plant  to  to  erected  In  this  territory.  Such  a 
plant,  so  far  a.  the  actual  experiment.,  .ould  oon.lot  of  n.oos.ary 
Crushers  and  Dry  Brers,  tocher  slth  a  Botany  Kiln  for 

1  happen  to  hno«  of  an  old  =««,t  plant  Bthin  one  hundred 
.lie.  of  the  ra.  material  that  odd  t,  run  at  a  nominal  an.,  at. 
plant  i.  equipped  ««h  the  neoe.sary  machinery  for  the  treating  dean 
of  the  material  and  ha.  one  B.t.ry  Kiln  with  a  capacity  of  1®  ton, 
daily,  this  plant  could  to  leased  at  fro.  5300  to  StOO  per  month. 

'thanking  you  for  yoyr  attention  and  hoping  this  letter 
proves  of  some  Interest  to.  you.  X  beg  to  remain. 

Yours  very  truly. 

We  are  sending^  par  ate  cover  small  sample  of  Sericit« 

h-aterite  COMPANY,  INC. 


Non-Corrosive  metallic  Alloy 

.■<>  55  JOHN  STREET 

Thomas  A.  Edison  laboratories. 

new  york.  Hovember  23,  1916. 

Orange,  Mew  Jersey * 


Am:  Mr.  ijdison's  Asst 

Wtt"  “ 

,  at  your  request,  v;e  forwarded 

small  sample  of  Aterite  for  laboratory  testing,  but  as 

ved  no  reply  as  to  whether  this  meta 
ory  for  use  in  your  manufactory.  As 

would  be  satisfactory  for  use  in  your  manufactory. 

Stated  before,  we  will  be  pleased  to  quote  you  prices  on 
any  Cocks,  Valves,  Fittings,  or  other  castings,  or  in 
Rolled-Sheet  Form. 

Trusting  tint  you  low*  the  stove  montions*  su»pls 
entirely  eoti.fuotory  to  you,  an*  that  no  n  to  »tore*  ^ 
with  an  early  reply,  we  beg  to  remain 
c  •  'U  Yours  very  truly,  /  ll  | 

/  '  U  H-ATERX'JE  COMEAUX,  IHC.  f  ] 

*****  '  ■’  "  ^  v 

£b  John  Street, 

Hew  York,  II.  Y. 

Gontlemcn :  .  ' 

Kef erring  to  your  favor  of  the  23d  ultimo, 
Ur.  Ud  is  on 'wishes  me  to  £xk  whether  you  couia 
aparo  him  a  largor  sample  of  liter! to  so  tnat  he  can 
ma!:e  aomo  further  tecta  in  the  Laboratory.  If  co, 
will  you  l-indly  forward  it  to  mo  so  that  I  can 
bring  it  Ilia  personal  attention. 

Youra  very  truly, - 

Assistant  to  Ur.  Udison. 



Hovember  24,  1916. 

Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison,  \Q\  ^  <VA'1 

!  Edison  laboratory, 

Orange,  H.  J. 

"ar  31r:"  x  acknowledge  withes  receipt  of  your  hind  favor  «T 
the  14th  instant  with  reference  to  Eeldspar  as  a  source  of  lotash. 

My  experiments  have  been  more  successful  with  oer  o  e 

tr  -•  -~-px£z£-,&*' 

If  SOU  will  >.  go  04  •oo'Mj" 

,  ,  „„  chSoJ  «■“  "h° 


r:  rrr.r“  it;::  ;;£T^-  ~ 

-  -“** t:„ -  -  —  I. ...  -  ^  :  T 

a  o.if  with  kindest  personal  regards,  I  beg  to 

pool, lou  on  sous  go.4  ooxf.  #  ^  ^  O^fk 

remain,  J  ) 


llovombor  28,1916. 

Ur.  K.  Bolder,  , 

c/o  Agricultural  Ainorals  Co., 

1625  Hurt  Building , 

Atlanta,  Ga. 

Boar  3ir:- 

lir.  .Batson  wishes  me  to  cay  lnroply 
to  vour  feyor  of  the  24th  instant,,  that  it  would 
be  probably  boot  for  you  to  conato  tho  Patent- 
Office  and  obtain  copies  of  all  the  patents  on 
obtaining  Potash  from  Feldspar  issued  since  Janu¬ 
ary,  1914.  "hoy  are  only  lOp  a  copy. 

-  y]le  patent  of  the  Bultimoro  ra an,  roforred 
to  in  '!r.  Bdison's  last  letter,  is  Ho.  1,072,686. 
issued  So-tomber  9,1913  to  Harry, P-  Bassett, 

end  by  seriding  \o4  to  tiio  Patont  office  you  can 
obtain  a  copy  of  this. 

fours  vory  truly. 

Assistant  to  ;sr.  Ad  icon 


\/  YORK,  December  5,  1916. 

YV/eHtlerne. ; 

In  reply  to  your  letter  of  the  2nd  i 

Since  writing  you  we  have  been  able  to  render  Aterite 
proof  against  cofcrosive  action  of  several  other  acids,  so 
that  now  Aterite  will  resist  Sulphuric,  Sulphurous,  Mixed 
fHi trio  and  Sulphuric)  Boric,  Hydroflouric ,  Hydroflourosilic 
Carbolic ,  Phophoric,  Tartaric,  Acetic  and  lactic  Acids,  als< 

i  trust  that  you  will  find  Aterite  satisfactory  and 
i  will  he  favored  with  your  valued  order  in  the  near 


By  • 


Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 

Orange,  . 

Bear  Sir: 

Answering  your  letter  of  the  21st  with 
copy  of  letter  to  Br.  Bassett,  of  course  you  under¬ 
stand  that  it  is  proper  for  you  to  take  this  matter 
up  with  us  and  not  with  Br.  Bassett. 

We  had  the  pleasure  of  a  visit  from  Mr. 
Mason  of  South  Orange*.  H.J..  the  other  day  and  we 
have  made  him  a  proposition  which  we  are  still 
willing  to  accept  if  unsold  when  we  hear  from  you 

or  him. 

Thanking  you  for  the  inquiry,  we  are. 

^/wntaJS^  (Qc/idcrt/, 

When  I  showed  you  Basset  Patent  on  obtaining  Potash  f 

Feldspar,  I  asked  you  if  you 

wanted  to  take  it  up  further.  You  sai 

the  Basset  Patent,  and  asked  for  an  interview.  Then  I  we nt  down  to  Baltimore  and 
had  a  talk  with  Ur.  Baker,  President;  told  him  that  you  had  done  a  little  experimental 
work  on  Potash  hut  had  dropped  it  after  seeing  the  patents,  hut  that  X  was  personally 
interested  in  it  and  asked  him  if  he  would  sell  patent  to  me  and  at  what  price. 

lir.  Baker  told  me  that  they  had  about  twelve  patents  on  extraction 
of  Potash  from  Feldspar;  then  gave  me  copies  of  their  patents  together  with  all  reports 
of  their  experiments.  He  said  they  were  sick  of  it  and  only  wanted  to  get  hack  the 
total  money  they  had  expended  which  was  approximately  §60,000.00.  He  said  Bassett 
was  now  working  for  Dupont  in  California  on  extraction  of  Potash  fran  kelp. 

I  looked  over  the  patents  and  experiment  reports.  Host  of  the 
patents  relate  to  extraction  of  sulphate  of  potash  by  means  of  nitre  cake  and  salt  from 
which  they  obtain  as  a  by  product  chlorine  and  sodium  sulphate.  Apparently  they  had  done 

nothing  on  extraction  by  salt  alone. 

Ur.  Baker  said  that  they  could  not  fine  any  suitably  deposits  of 
Feldsnar.  Thev  had  examined  many  properties  from  Virginia  to  Canada  and  that  the  green 

Feldspar.  They  had  examined  m 

3  seemed  to  be  about  as  good  as  any. 

y  hand  picking  in  the  quarries  and  mines  they  could  get  l<tf  to  \Z$  K20  but 

t  of  ganglia  to  throw  away*  I  w 

If  you  had  not  told  me  that  you  would  drop  it  entirely 
I  should  not  have  taken  this  up  on  my  own  account. 

Yours  very  truly. 

Edison  General  File  Series 
1916.  Mining  »  Ore  Milling  (E-16-57) 

This  folder  contains  correspondence  and  other  documents  relating  to  the 
technical  and  commercial  development  of  Edison's  technologies  for  ore 
concentration.  Among  the  items  for  1916  is  a  letter  inquiring  about  the  status 
of  the  long-defunct  Edison  Ore  Milling  Co.,  Ltd.,  along  with  a  response  by 
Edison  that  the  company  "is  out  of  existence,  the  patents  upon  which  it  was 
based  were  not  sustained  in  the  Courts."  Also  included  is  a  letter  from  W. 
Dallas  Ross,  a  journalist  and  investor  in  the  Edison  Ore  Milling  Syndicate,  Ltd., 
along  with  letters  pertaining  to  former  Edison  employee  James  B.  Ballantine. 

Approximately  40  percent  of  the  documents  have  been  selected.  The 
unselected  items  consist  primarily  of  inquiries  about  ore  milling  in  general, 
which  did  not  receive  a  substantive  reply,  and  material  not  related  to  Edison. 

I  have  been  trying  for  some  time  to  find  out  the  C 

situation  in  regard  to  the  Edison  Ore  Killing  Co.  The  Farmers  j 
Loan  &  Trust  Co.  tell  me  they  have  not  been  transfer  agents  for  \ 
several  years.  The  Seoretary  of  State  of  this  State  writes  me 
that  its  charter  expired  in  1905.  Has  the  Co.  wound  up  with  no 
assets  left  of  any  hind?  In  short  the  main  point  that  my  customer 
seems  to  be  driving  at  is  will  it  be  safe  to  destroy  his  certificate 
of  stook. 

Thanking  you  in  advance  for  any  information  you  can 
give  me  in  the  matter,  I  am. 

Tours  very  truly. 

August  14  th..  1916 

;,ir.  H.  B.  Borranee, 

2C  Broad  Street, 

iiow  York  City. 

Bear  Sir: 

Replying  to  your  favor  of  the  ninth 
instant,  in  regard  to  the  situation  of  the  Raison 
Ore  Rilling  Company,  I  beg  to  say  that  tide  Company 
is  out  of  existence,  the  patontB  upon  which  it  was 
Based  were  not  sustained  in  the  Sourts. 

Yours  very. truly. 

Assistant  to  Mr.  Edison. 

AuguBt  22nd,  1916. 




Mr.  Thomas  A.  Edison, 


Vest  Orange,  H.J. 


The  writer  was  associated  with  Mr.  James  B.  Ballantyne 
in  the  Dunderland  Iron  Ore  project  in  Norway  a  few  years  ago. 
When  Mr.  Ballantyne  returned  to  America  a  few  yearB  ago  he 
called  at  my  house,  and  after  dinner  Bald  that  he  expected  to 
be  engaged  with  yourself.  I  beg  to  inquire  if  Mr.  Ballantyne 
is  still  with  you,  or  if  you  can  give  me  his  address. 

Yours  truly, 

J.C.  Wait's  office, 

Woolworth  Building, 
Hew  York. 

Jkfr.  &cUo<rri/, 

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Idaho  Springs,  Colorado. 

Mr.  W.  H.  MeadoworOft, 
Edison  Laboratory, 
Orange,  N.  J. 

December  Twenty-Second, 
Nineteen  Hundred 
And  Sixteen. 

Dear  MR.  Meadoworoft* 

As  arrangements  stand  at  present,  I 

hone  to  be  able  to  see  you  about  January  4th,  or  thereabouts.  Everything 
isCrking  a.xktag  around  first  rate,  but  I  will  be  able  to  give  you 
all  particulars!  when  I  see  you  and  MR.  Ediflon. 

You  might  kindly  tell 

Pat  Brady  to  hold  any  mail  that  comes  for  me,  because  I  will  have  to  try 
to  arrange  things  beforehand  to  suit  my  movements. 

With  kindest  regards,  and 

best  wishes  for  a  Merry  Christmas,  and  a  Happy  New  Year,  I  remain, 

Yours  very  truly, 


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